CamDictionary for Android Helps You Quickly Translate Foreign Languages [MWC 2012]


If you’ve ever come across Chinese symbols/lettering and you were completely lost as to what they meant, we’ve found a pretty cool app for you. CamDictionary for Android makes great use of your device’s camera to quickly and easily identify those words.

The app will give you a reticle in which you’ll position the symbol. After a couple of seconds it’ll come back with the word in your language of choice. You are able to translate between 36 different languages, both ways.

To take it a step further, they’ll be bringing updates which allow you to string together full sentences this way. While translation is nothing new, this is a great and easy way to understand text in the physical world where you can’t copy and paste things (in a digital sense). Find our very brief hands-on above and the full list of features below. If you like it, be sure to find it in the Android market here.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. video removed by user…? 

  2. good for people who don’t speak English.  AM I RIGHT!?!?!?!  YEEEEAAAAH!

    1. You’re such an insensitive, ethnocentric, bigoted American who’s probably overweight, fat, and ugly… Just sayin..  Oh and by the way I can speak English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Korean 

  3. Pretty cool. I look forward to this being used with the Google smart glasses.  The pair would make international travel a lot easier.

    Here’s a couple videos of the app in use:

  4. I thought Google Goggles does the same thing? 

    1. This app can do it offline too, if you buy the dictionary. And Goggles’ translations never work – this app is far superior.

  5. Never trust Google Translation. I don’t know where the hell they get their dictionary from, but it’s just incorrect or misleading.

  6. Like the idea, will give this app a go when I finally go to paris :)

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