Google has purchased Word Lens, an extremely impressive app that translates foreign languages in real time using the iPhone and Android smartphone built-in camera. The best part is that they have made this incurable app completely free (although we don’t know how long this offer will last).

Download the demo on iOS; Portuguese, German, Italian, French, and Spanish (to and from English) now available!

– Android: HERE

See the world in your language. No network delay, no roaming fees, and no reception problems. Word Lens is a dictionary — evolved. It looks up words for you, and shows them in context.

Word Lens has its limits. The translation will have mistakes, and may be hard to understand, but it usually gets the point across. If a translation fails, there is a way to manually look up words by typing them in. Word Lens does not read very stylized fonts, handwriting, or cursive. Try it, and tell us what you think!

Via TechRepublic