ABBYY Launches Lingvo Dictionaries 2.5 for Android with Open API

August 1, 2012

New Version Enables Developers to Integrate High Quality Dictionary Support into Their Own Applications for Android OS


ABBYY Lingvo Dictionaries application provides fast on-device translation of words and phrases helping people communicate more efficiently with their foreign friends and colleagues, and better understand the meaning of foreign words when travelling abroad, reading books or surfing the internet. The application provides access to more than 250 dictionaries spanning 30 most popular languages* yet ensures outstanding quality of the content accessible via Lingvo. Version 2.5 provides developers with open API to easily enhance their applications with dictionary functions. It features deeper integration with the Android environment and improves user experience when they work with Android devices.


New Lingvo API for Integrating Dictionaries into Android Applications

ABBYY Lingvo Dictionaries can now be integrated with other applications for Android to enhance them with convenient and powerful word translation function. For example integrated into a reading application, Lingvo Dictionaries will allow users to read books and documents in foreign languages much easier — by supporting the ability to translate words directly from the text, without leaving the application. To support this functionality, ABBYY Lingvo with its vast dictionary databases has to be installed on the same device.


Upon selecting an unknown word in the text, a small dictionary “card” will pop up containing key information on the required word including translations or explanations of its meaning. Without leaving the application, a user can also listen to an audio pronunciation of the word if it is available. To get more information about the required word, a user can just tap this small dictionary card and open a full article that may contain additional translation alternatives, phonetic spellings, word-use examples, and inflected forms of words. Learn more about Lingvo API at


“We open Lingvo API and invite all developers building Android apps to collaboration”, said Olga Tolstunova, sales and marketing director of Mobile Products Department at ABBYY. “We will be happy to help promote the most promising and interesting integration projects through our own channels including corporate websites, ABBYY products at the Google Play store, joint announcements and more.”


Integration with Google Search

Traditionally, ABBYY Lingvo offers powerful and intelligent word look-up capabilities such as the “fuzzy search” that allows users to look up a word by any of its form across all available dictionaries. Even when a word is spelled incorrectly the application can find it by providing a list of spelling suggestions to choose from. In addition to this, the new version supports word look-up and translation by using the standard Google Search widget available on the main screen of any Android device.


Availability and Compatible Hardware

ABBYY Lingvo Dictionaries is available for purchase via the Google Play store. The application supports English and Russian interface languages. The full list of language combinations available for translation and information about compatible devices can be found at The full list of dictionaries with detailed annotations is available at For more information about the product, visit


*The basic dictionary set, available for download within the application for no extra charge, includes 58 dictionaries spanning 27 popular languages including English, German, Spanish, French, Russian and more. Additional premium content dictionaries can be purchased anytime directly from within the Lingvo Dictionaries application, allowing users to expand their translation capabilities as their needs evolve.