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Google Translate's camera-based translation now includes Javanese, Sundanese

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, July 22, 2019  /  10:03 am
Google Translate's camera-based translation now includes Javanese, Sundanese

The Word Lens feature will detect the words in the image and match it with words stored in its database. (Shutterstock/dennizn)

Tech heavyweight Google has once again updated Google Translate to also include real-time camera-based translations for Javanese and Sundanese. 

The latest software update allows mobile app users of Google Translate to instantly translate texts on surrounding objects into Javanese or Sundanese simply by viewing them through the phone’s camera. 

The update is now available on both iOS and Android versions of the Google Translate app.

“You are now able to use your phone camera to translate texts on objects around you, such as signage or a note, with the Translate app,” the company wrote on its official website.

To use the new feature, users can simply open the updated Google Translate app and tap on the camera icon right below the translation column. The app will then automatically detect the language through the camera.

Read also: Google says it uses AI to translate English content to Indonesian

However, users may want to choose the language they would like to translate into before going into the camera viewfinder for better accuracy. 

Furthermore, users can now choose between Javanese and Sundanese.

Unfortunately, as reported by, the Javanese and Sundanese translations on the app is currently still inaccurate.

According to Google, text size and lighting may affect the accuracy of camera-based translations.

In addition to Javanese and Sundanese, users can also use the app’s camera-based translation feature to translate texts into 88 languages, including Arabic, Malay, Thai and Vietnamese. (rfa/wng)

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