APK Insight, 9to5Google uncovered lines of code in the latest version of Google Translate that hint at a big upgrade coming to the app in the near future. Various suspected improvements include "better translation quality" and "more languages supported," but the most important one, perhaps, is the automatic language detection that's coming to camera translations.All of this is soon going to change, however, and for the better. In a recent
Currently, users need to pre-select their desired source and target language, initiate the camera, snap a picture, and highlight the text they want translated. In the future, however, this process will be more streamlined. First off, Translate will be able to automatically detect the source language as soon as you point the camera at a text, and you'll have the ability to select the target language. Second, Google is working on an "Instant" augmented reality feature that will translate any texts immediately and display them as though they were written in the target language while you're still looking through the viewfinder. Now that's more like the future of seamless translation that Google has been promising for years!
The new camera features are apparently present in Google Translate version 5.29, though they haven't been enabled yet. This likely means that they're dependent on a server-side switch on Google's part. Expect them to go live in the coming weeks or months.