A short while ago, we added real-time translation into TextGrabber iOS, today we are proud to announce this ground-breaking technology on Android. You can get translations by simply pointing your camera to a text fragment, without even taking a snapshot.
The feature can even be used if your Android device is currently offline. Read on to find out more!
At the heart of Real-Time Translation (RTT) is ABBYY’s RTR SDK, which enables mobile devices to perform optical recognition directly on the video stream. The technology will capture text printed in any font on any background and translate it within seconds.
Getting translations when online
- Open the camera and turn on the video mode.
- Tap the Translate button in right-hand part of the screen.
- Make sure the right “to” and “from” languages are selected (the language of the original is displayed on the left).
- Tap the camera button and wait a few seconds—you will briefly see the captured text at the bottom of the screen followed by its translation.
- You can share the translation with other users by tapping the corresponding button in the bottom right corner.
- Tapping the Save button on the right will open an editor, with the captured text displayed at the top and the translation at the bottom. Here you can make any necessary changes to the captured text and update the translation by tapping the Refresh button.
- To translate another fragment, tap the List button to go to the notes bar and then tap the red “plus” icon.
Getting translations when offline
When no Internet connection is available, TextGrabber Android will rely on its offline dictionaries to provide you with verbatim translations between English and the following nine languages:
- English ↔ Chinese simplified
- English ↔ German
- English ↔ Spanish
- English ↔ French
- English ↔ Indonesian
- English ↔ Japanese
- English ↔ Polish
- English ↔ Portuguese (Brazil)
- English ↔ Russian
Each dictionary contains about 10,000 most common words and will give travellers and holidaymakers a good general idea of what a particular text snippet is about. No additional downloads are required, as all the dictionaries are already included in the setup pack.
Here’s how RTT works when your device is not connected to the Internet:
- When TextGrabber detects that your device is offline, it will prompt you to switch to offline translation mode and the antenna icon in the centre of the screen will become active. When Internet connection is re-established, the app will automatically switch to online translation.
- You can also manually switch to offline translation, which may be useful, for example, if the roaming charges are unreasonably high. To do this, open the TextGrabber settings while in the notes screen and enable the Use offline translation.
- Select the appropriate “to” and “from” languages, point your phone to the text fragment that you want translated, and tap the camera You will briefly see the captured text followed by its translation. If TextGrabber can’t find a word in its dictionaries, the word will be displayed in its original language in the results window.
- You can edit, save, and export results in the same manner as when you are in online mode.
Please tell us what you think about the updated app and send us your feedback via the TextGrabber page in Google Play.
If you have a story to share about how you have already used the new RTT feature in a real-life situation, post it in the comments section below and the most exciting story will get a special PRIZE from ABBYY. Our winner will be selected with a random number generator.
The competition will end at 12:00 p.m. on August 31, 2018. We will announce the winner the same day in the comments below!