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You may be a traveler and you want to know what is written on that banner ad that is possibly in a language that you don’t know about. Or maybe a new Italian food joint has opened in your hometown that has banners written in their own language. Of course you can go ahead and ask them what’s written on it or you can use your Android phone to translate it with an image.

Trans­late Text Inside an Image on any Android Device, WPFaqhub
Real-time translation | YouTube

Well that’s just what I’m going to teach you today. All you’ll have to do is imagine the text you ‘d like to translate properly. And it’s nice to go. Let’s see how that ‘s possible.

TRANSLATE IMAGE TEXT ON YOUR ANDROID SMARTPHONE

So, you need to know that Microsoft has an Android app for the Language Translator. Well, you might not even know this amazing suite of apps that Microsoft has on the Play Store if you didn’t do it then.

Microsoft translator Recently an update has been released which translates the text present in the picture. It could be a picture already snapped (from your camera app) or a photo taken from the Translator app itself. So let’s just take a look at this Microsoft Translator tool.

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Microsoft Translator

Trans­late Text Inside an Image on any Android Device, WPFaqhub
Trans­late Text Inside an Image on any Android Device, WPFaqhub

That’s the user interface, then. A voice translator is available and a custom text translator is available. However, what we are interested in here is the camera icon which translates text from images. The camera gui screenshot inside the app is to the right.

You can snap a picture or tap on the gallery icon on the left to select a picture and translate text from it. Here’s a paragraph translated from English to Hindi from my college magazine.

Trans­late Text Inside an Image on any Android Device, WPFaqhub
Trans­late Text Inside an Image on any Android Device, WPFaqhub

Yeah, it’s not exactly the same. It’s really a horrific version. But particular lines or words were interpreted perfectly in my case. Using it to translate individual phrases, or a short line of phrases, is also legible.

It can translate into 21 languages. But you don’t get enough options in the language you’d like to translate from. The default is English.

Trans­late Text Inside an Image on any Android Device, WPFaqhub
Trans­late Text Inside an Image on any Android Device, WPFaqhub

You can download your most used language for offline use.

Microsoft Translator got this update last week. But, there’s already a big player in this field that had this feature included in its app last year. It’s none other than Google Translate.

Google Translate

Trans­late Text Inside an Image on any Android Device, WPFaqhub
Trans­late Text Inside an Image on any Android Device, WPFaqhub

Google Translate is undoubtedly the pioneer to bring translations to smartphones. And, it has evolved and got better and better with every update. It’s one of the must-have app for a traveler.

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Google Translate back in June 2015 added real-time translation to the App. But I have not found it to be successful in my recent use. Real-time translation worked only when the target text was fairly bright, and some standard font.

Otherwise, as seen in the above screenshot, translation from already taken pictures or snaps from the built-in camera translated perfectly. Snap a frame, and try detecting text from the image. He will then ask you to highlight the text you want to translate. This is considerably better than Microsoft Translator. You may pick which text you wish to translate.

Trans­late Text Inside an Image on any Android Device, WPFaqhub

Anything you translate gets saved and you can keep track of all the translations. Also, the most used can be your pick. This functionality also comes with Microsoft Translator.

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