For anyone who has tried to travel around another country filled with street signs or public transportation displays and not been able to read them, the use of the new feature will be immediately apparent. Even simple things like visiting a museum or historical site in another country can now be much more informative (and hopefully enjoyable) with Translate’s newfound abilities.
The complete list of new features is:
- Use camera to take a picture and brush text to translate (available on Android 2.3 and above).
- Get instant translation results as you type.
- Choose dialect preference for speech input.
- Japanese handwriting now recognizes multiple characters at once.
- Added access network state permission to check network availability when sending requests.
Unfortunately there hasn’t been a similar update to the iOS app (nor for Windows or BlackBerry users), but hopefully one is in the pipeline, as iPhone users like to travel to foreign countries as well.
source: Google Play