Dec 6th, 2022

The Google Translate app is incredibly useful if you need to translate text or even photos on the fly, especially if you’re traveling in a foreign country and need to know the name of things like menu, signboards, and so on.

That being said, it appears that Google has made some changes to the app that will apply to both iOS and Android where the camera feature has since been replaced with Google Lens. For the most part, the core functionality of the camera mode has not changed, meaning that you can still use the camera function of Google Lens to translate text in images.

The main difference here would be contextuality, where one of the features of Google Lens is that it can overlay translation over the actual original text. This is great if you’re looking to preserve the context of the image you just took because in some cases, it might make more sense to see the text used in its original setting rather than just straight up text itself.

For those who don’t really need this contextuality, like we said, the core functionality still remains the same and you can still use Google Lens to translate text into your language if you need it to. The changes should be live on both the iOS and Android version of the app, so keep that in mind if you do take advantage of the feature quite a bit.

Source: 9to5Google

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