Microsoft Translator Now Does Images

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For years now, Microsoft's Translator wasn't the majority's default translation app, with most of the users sticking to Google Translate.

Now, it's looking like Redmond is trying to catch up and regain some of the lost turf.

The recent update for the Android edition of Translator brought new welcome functions, and they include:

  • image translation, including saved files;
  • translating texts anywhere on your device;
  • enhanced language support - now there's 43.

While new on Android, image translation is no stranger to other platforms: it's been available on iOS since February, and Microsoft's own OS got it in 2010.

With the new image translation feature, you no longer need to type text or say foreign language phrases out loud - Microsoft

Now, you can easily translate images on your device, and the translation will appear as an overlay on the image itself, though not in real-time. Another addition to the usual copy-paste-cut is the inline translation, which activates upon highlighting text.

However, Translator is still a step behind Google's offer in image translation. Google Translate gives you actual real-time translation with live images and even matches the original font. With Microsoft Translator, you need to capture the image first to get it ready for translation, which is done with a measly default font. 

On the other hand, if you value offline translation more and use an iPhone, Translator is the app for you, as Google lets you translate offline on Android only.

Have you tested the updated Microsoft Translator? Share your experience in the comments!

Antoine DeGrasse


Avid rhyme maker, master of ceremonies, lord of the phones.


  • E
    5 years ago
    When I travel in foreign countries I always use image translator. It is very simply to know what means items on menu and etc.
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  • D
    5 years ago
    Yes, it is really useful! But there is nothing special, because a lot of apps can translate text from images.
  • B
    5 years ago
    awesome, I've been waiting for this!
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