Word Lens Brings Offline, Visual Language Translations To Android

Remember how mind-blowing Word Lens was the first time we all saw it? Just point your phone’s camera at a sign in another language, look at your phone’s screen, and the sign would appear in English, plain as day. Now, Word Lens has made the leap from iOS to Android, and it works like a charm.

The Android version of Word Lens actually launched last month. All of the features that made the iOS app interesting are available in the Android version, including completely offline translations (which even Google Translate can’t do, although Google Translate is built-in and supports more languages) and the whole “hold your phone up to a sign or print to see it in English” feature that makes the app so mind-blowing.

While it doesn’t always perfectly match the typeface, it does make the translated text large and easy to read, and all its translations are done on the fly. If you see something you want to review later, press the “pause” button to snap and hold it so you can take your time reading.

Word Lens for Android has the same pricing structure as the iOS version. There’s a free “demo” version that lets you get a feel for the app and how it works, but when you’re ready to really use it, you’ll have to drop $4.99 for the app, which includes one language pack (Spanish, Italian and French are currently available). Additional language packs are available as in-app purchases for $4.99 each. The developers say that these prices are “introductory”, so if you’re interested, grab it now before the prices go up.

Word Lens Demo [Google Play]
Word Lens [Google Play via Android Police]

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