Google Translate App for Android Adds 'Camera & Handwriting-input'; Google Adds Quick Answers to Travel Search on Desktop

Google Translate app for Android adds some new languages -- now when you enter character in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, into your Android device, Google will Translate. "We are making entering characters easier than ever with the latest update to Google Translate for Android (versions 2.3 and up) by introducing camera-input support for Chinese, Japanese, […]

Google Translate app for Android adds some new languages -- now when you enter character in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, into your Android device, Google will Translate.

"We are making entering characters easier than ever with the latest update to Google Translate for Android (versions 2.3 and up) by introducing camera-input support for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Just tap the camera icon, snap a picture of the text, and brush your finger over the part you want translated," informs Google.

Currently, the text you select with camera-input must be horizontal, but vertical-text support is on its way.

Additionally, this update introduces handwriting-input support for Slovenian, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Lithuanian, Icelandic, Macedonian, Ukrainian, Welsh, Latvian, and Afrikaans.

Google Translate app for Android adds camera-input for Chinese, Japanese, Korean and hnadwriting-input for Europe and Southern Africa

In other upate, Google making travel related search easier, richer and more interactive on mobile and tablet, and desktop as well with the new Quick answers feature added to its flight search.

Google notes that it is also going to add following quick answers on desktop over the next few weeks include: "finance, unit conversion, holiday and sunrise times, and weather."

Here are some quick answers that can make your planning faster and easier this holidays--

  • Figure out your budget. "Find the currency exchange rate ahead of time so you can figure out how much that $15 (USD) fruitcake actually costs in euros by searching [15 usd in euro] or [french currency].
  • Learn about French traditions. You can quickly find the answer by typing [define reveillon] in Google.
  • Plan your holiday Hangouts. Now, schedule a date for a Google+ Hangout, and check the time difference, by searching [time in france].
  • Track your flight before you leave the house. You can quickly check the flight status by typing the flight number like [united airlines 942] or [UA942], into the search box," informs Google.

Google Flight Search: find currency exchange rate

Google travel search: find reveillon

google travel search: find time differenceGoogle Flight search: track flight status