Google-acquired Word Lens translation app is free on iOS and Android

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By Phi Tran Comment

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Quest Visual’s Word Lens is now free, thanks to its recent acquisition from Google. The cross-platform translation app has even been featured on the iPhone 5s commercial, but now Google will most likely merge the service with Google Translate and Google Glass. Unfortunately, the app is not available for Windows users.

By joining Google, we can incorporate Quest Visual’s technology into Google Translate’s broad language coverage and translation capabilities in the future.

As a thank you to everybody who supported us on our journey, we’ve made both the app and the language packs free to download for a limited time while we transition to Google.


With the free app, users will now have free access to the following language pairs:

+ English ⇆ Russian
+ English ⇆ Spanish
+ English ⇆ French
+ English ⇆ Italian
+ English ⇆ German
+ English ⇆ Portuguese

Admittedly, the app in its current state is not perfect, but it’s free and works even without an internet connection or cellular signal. If you find that you are having difficulties translating – try manually typing in the characters. For the best translation services, stick to these tips:

- Best used on clearly printed text (e.g. signs, menus)
– DOES NOT recognize handwriting or stylized fonts
– Keep text in focus by holding it at least one hand-length away and tap-to-focus if autofocus is struggling.
– Turn on the flashlight (if available on your device)
– Zoom in (if available on your device)

For IOS : App store

For Android: Google Play Store

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