Google has acquired Quest Visual, the creators of Word Lens app, the company announced on its website.”By joining Google, we can incorporate Quest Visual’s technology into Google Translate’s broad language coverage and translation capabilities in the future,” it says. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
Word lens was one of the apps featured on Apple’s recent iPhone 5S “powerful” ad. The app lets users use the smartphone’s camera to translate text from one language to another in real-time. It does not require any Internet connection and can be used in offline mode. Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: Report
While there are a number of text translation apps for smartphones, including solutions by Google itself, all of them require Internet connectivity. Most apps use optical character recognization to read the text in the photo and then use a language translation tool (like translate.google.com) to detect the language and translate it into another. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year
Apart from smartphone users, this app would come handy to Google Glass users. The Glass version of Word Lens is already available.
To mark its acquisition by Google, Quest Visual is giving away the app and language packs for free for a limited period.