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Quick tip: How to translate printed text using an Android phone

Don't be stuck, scratching your head and wondering what a word means. Google Goggles on an Android phone can translate for you, as this tutorial explains...

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Google Goggles is one of the most ingenious Android apps. Among its many features is the ability to translate printed text, such as from a restaurant menu or road sign, making this app the perfect travel companion.


  1. Open Goggles

    Open up the Google Goggles app and select the Snapshot option from the main menu. You will then be taken to the camera on your phone. Point your phone at the word or phrase you want the app to translate for you.


  2. Region of interest

    In the bottom right hand corner, you will see a region of interest button. Tap on this and it will allow you to draw a box around a specific word. Use this to highlight a word or phrase and press the Shutter button.


  3. Scanning text

    The app will take a photograph of the text that you have pointed your phone at. It will then begin scanning the text before looking for a match. In our example Soupe à l’oignon has been correctly translated as onion soup.


  4. Perfect translation

    When you tap on the translated result, you can not only see the translation on a full page but Google Goggles will also perform a web search, looking for entries which relate to that word or phrase. Copy will retain the phrase in the phone’s memory.

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