Google Translate is a blessing if you travel to foreign countries frequently. Sure, you should always try to take the time to learn the local tongue, but Translate can help you out when you’re in a bind. It also has a unique visual translator that allows you to point your smartphone at a sign or a menu for a quick instant translation.
Previously, the visual translator only supported 7 languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. On Wednesday, Google announced that it has added support for an additional 20 languages, making this a massive and important update.
The app now supports Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. Additionally, Wednesday’s update provides one-way translations from English to Thai and Hindi. Google also explained that there’s support for 37 languages if you’re willing to snap a photo first, instead of translating in real-time with your camera.
And, finally, Google said that the app has been updated to run much more smoothly, and is now optimized to work better even on slower networks, which is important in countries where today’s fast LTE networks aren’t yet standard.
You should see the update hit your iOS or Android device in the “coming days,” Google said.