Google Translate for Android review: A feature-packed and reliable translator

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.5
  • Installation and Setup: 10.0
  • Features and Support: 9.0
  • Interface: 9.0
  • Performance: 8.0

Average User Rating

4.5 stars 2 user reviews
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The Good Google Translate is extremely versatile, as it supports more than 60 languages and several input methods, including text, handwriting, voice, and OCR.

The Bad OCR cannot be used on existing photos from a device's gallery.

The Bottom Line Google Translate, with its versatile input methods, simple interface, and offline support is one of the best translation tools out there.

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Google Translate is a simple mobile translation tool that supports more than 60 languages, offers an SMS translator, and even speaks some of your translations aloud. With its dead-simple interface and variety of input options, it's perfect for pumping out translations in a pinch.

To use Google Translate, select your input and output languages, then choose a method for entering your text. You can type text using your mobile device's keyboard or say the words aloud. If you're an Android user, you can also choose to handwrite on your touch screen or snap a photo and translate text using optical character recognition (OCR). The app is incredibly versatile when it comes to inputs, which is why it's such a useful tool.

To translate text from a photograph, hit the camera button within the app to take a photo. Next, use your finger to highlight the specific part of the photo that you want to translate, and watch as Google Goggles' OCR technology "reads" the text and translates it almost immediately. Unfortunately, you can't translate text from an existing shot from your library, as there is only an option to use a new photo. Also, be aware that this photo-translate feature only supports a handful of languages at the moment, though Google is promising to add more soon. Still, the OCR works surprisingly well, even with photos containing text of varying size and font style.

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  • Category Education
  • Compatibility Android