When we first covered the Word Lens real-time translator app for iOS devices back in 2010, a number of readers voiced their hopes for an Android version. Now the app’s developers, Quest Visual, has finally shown Android users some love with the app now available through Google play.
Like its iOS predecessor, Word Lens translates printed words captured on an Android device’s video camera from one language to another. Because the app employs optical character recognition technology in combination with an included dictionary, it works without the need for an Internet connection.
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Initially launching on iOS with only English/Spanish languages, Quest Visual has now added Italian/English and French/English language pairs, all of which are now available on both iOS or Android platforms.
While the iOS app is a free download with users forced to buy any language packs as an in-app purchase for US$4.99 each, the Android version costs $4.99 off the bat with one language pack included and additional packs available as in-app purchases.
The video below shows Word Lens in action.