Google Translate adds 20 languages to visual translate, speeds up voice translations

A clever 'La Bamba' video shows off how quickly the app can transform words into your language.

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Google Translate now speaks more languages and should get zippier performance with its latest update. 

The app now instantly translates signage when you point your camera at it, as Google was happy to show off in a GIF.

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That next overseas trip could get a lot easier if you use Google Translate.

Google Translate now works this magic with 27 different languages. Google also says the offline capabilities work much faster, which should enable you to quickly find out what that sign means whether or not you have a Internet connection. The Translate team made a video to show off just how fast it can work.

To try out the new languages you need to go into the Translate app and click the camera button in order to download a 2 MB language pack for each language you want. 

Google also promises that voice translation is much faster, even on slow and unreliable mobile networks. The update will roll out over the next few days to the Android and iOS apps.

The story behind the story: Google is making the most of its acquisition of Word Lens, which powers the augmented features of the new version of Google Translate. The other big improvement is in offline use, which is helpful because when you’re traveling abroad you can figure out what that sign means even if you don’t have access to a data network.

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