By Stephen Schenck | April 16, 2012 7:58 PM
For as connected as smartphones have made us, making it easier than ever to reach out and contact people across all corners of the globe, those connections don’t have much value if we’re unable to communicate with each other. That’s what makes apps like Microsoft’s Bing Translator so valuable, helping to knock down some of the walls between different groups of people. Windows Phone users should now find it easier than ever to reach out to the world around them thanks to the release of a new version of Translator, bringing with it a whole mess of updates.
The new Translator update adds a host of new features, including support for translating text captured with your phone’s camera. If what you’re looking at is printed in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, or Chinese, Translator will now be able to display an overlay of the text in the language of your choice.
Especially if you’re traveling abroad, data connectivity can be very hit-and-miss. Since Microsoft doesn’t want to get you stranded somewhere without being able to speak the language, Translator now supports downloadable language packs which allow it to function offline.
The additions don’t stop there; Microsoft is also adding a speech-to-text-to-speech mode for quite nearly automating conversations between speakers of two dissimilar languages, as well as instant translations for your keyboard input.
The latest Translator is available in the Windows Phone Marketplace now.