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Quest Visual To Bring Word Lens To Android

Instant translation application Word Lens is set to make a splash as its developer Quest Visual said that the app would be available for Blackberry, Android, Palm and Windows Phone 7 without giving any more details on an exact time frame.

Word Lens integrates an optical character recognition engine with a real time translator and the equivalent of an image editor. It uses the onboard camera of your smartphone to capture the text that needs to be analysed.

Quest Visual put together a FAQ which provides with some more details about what's coming up next. They are working on a number of translation pairs for European countries and they say that they won't stop until they "get all the way across the globe".

Most importantly, they reaffirmed the fact that the promo video that they put together is absolutely unaltered, one which shows the app in action. But the developers were also keen to emphasize the limitations of the app; it is not designed to read books but one word at a time; therefore it is near useless for now if you need to understand elaborate phrases.

It is also best used with clear text and bright light. But lest not forget its unique features; on the fly video translations without the need for internet or phone connection. Maybe Google should acquire them and integrate the technology with Google Goggles.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.