International travel could get much easier if all you have to do is point your phone at a menu, or speak into it for an instant translation.
That's the magic promised in a leaked build of Google Translate that’s apparently in the works. The new version of Google's translation app adds features courtesy of Google’s acquisition of Word Lens, which already has much of this functionality in place. You can grab the app now to get an idea of what the new image translation in Google Translate will be like.
There’s also a new multilingual mode featured, whereby two people can have a pseudo-conversation in a different language, with Google Translate instantly recognizing the language and spitting out the translation.
No APK is out there yet, but the version leaked looks nearly complete, so we should see an update before too long.
Why this matters: Google has some big ambitions with language learning, so this seems like the logical next phase of building up its Translate app. With some pretty powerful travel tools already, your Android phone may be the only resource you need when leaving the country.