Windows Phone’s updated Translator App is making it easier than ever to travel in a foreign country. Users simply point their device’s camera at a street sign, poster or restaurant menu, and the Bing-powered app will overlay a translated version of the original language in augmented reality. “Think of this as automatic subtitles for everyday life,” the announcement said.
The update uses similar technology to what’s currently powering Bing’s translation features on the Web — right now the Translator App supports English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Chinese Simplified. The update also gives users an offline translation option through downloadable language packs, meaning if you’re prepared, a network connection isn’t always necessary to use the augmented reality features.
Existing Translator App users should see an update notification shortly, otherwise it’s available in the Windows Phone Marketplace for free. For anyone looking to travel overseas in the near future, this looks like an awesome way to help you get the most out of your trip.