Break the Language Barrier: Google Lens AI’s Magical Text Translation Powers

By ANAS KHAN 12 Min Read

Creating effective language barriers becomes essential for communicating in a diverse society. Now introduce Google Lens AI, a ground-breaking tool enabling users to overcome language obstacles easily. This article explores Google Lens AI’s transformational text translation talents, revealing its amazing potential and how it may help promote understanding across borders.

Unveils AI-powered contextual translation

Google Lens AI search for text translation

During its virtual event on Wednesday, Live from Paris, Google revealed several new AI-powered features for its translation tool.

The new features include a redesigned app for Apple’s iOS operating system, more contextual translation options with explanations and examples, and an augmented reality translation function via Google Lens. Words and phrases having various meanings will be translated according to the context of the text when contextual options are used.

In a few weeks, the Google Translate app for iOS will get a makeover after a recent redesign for the Android operating system. With its new layout, the iOS app will provide more room for typing and easier access to voice input, lens camera translation, and conversation translation.

To improve accessibility for the translation software, Google has also incorporated additional gestures. Among these are the options to choose a language with fewer taps, swipe down on the text area of the home screen to rapidly see recent translations, and hold down the language button to select a language that has been used recently.

According to Google, the Translate app now supports thirty-three additional languages on mobile devices. These languages include Basque, Corsican, Hawaiian, Hmong, Kurdish, Latin, Luxembourgish, Sudanese, Yiddish, and Zulu.

Citing developments in artificial intelligence, Mr. Gu said, “We can now translate images with Lens, which lets you use your device’s camera to search for anything you see. The ability to seamlessly integrate translated text into complex graphics in a way that makes it look and feel much more natural is a big leap in machine learning.

Google Translate’s camera mode on Android and iOS

Google Translate’s camera mode on Android and iOS

In September, Google unveiled a brand-new augmented reality translation tool for Lens that makes use of the same technology as the Pixel’s Magic Eraser. Google Translate has already switched to Google Lens from its built-in translation camera.

Google Lens excels at text lifting for real-world copy and paste, in addition to visual search’s many uses in shopping, object identification, and landmark recognition. Together, the “text” feature and the “translate” filter allow you to better maintain context by superimposing your translation over the foreign text in the scene. Alternatively, you can download the language pack in advance and use it offline.

“Soon, we will expand web image translation to give you more options for translating image-based content, regardless of how you search for it.”

Google Lens Trick No. 1: Dive deep into your smartphone’s screen

If you’ve been keeping up with advancements in this area for any length of time, you may be surprised to hear that the first and most recent feature we’ll be discussing is also the oldest and most famous one in Google Lens.

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We are presently introducing this innovative and elegant feature. The lens can analyze what’s on your screen and provide you with additional facts about it using this feature.

The fact that this specific entity can be accessed via Google Assistant is very astounding! When you enable Assistant on your Android smartphone, you’ll notice a “Search screen” button that you may click once the feature is available. However, this button won’t appear on your home screen, since the capability doesn’t seem to operate there.

Users using Android phones seem to be getting the feature this month. Please wait a few more days before verifying again if you haven’t seen it yet.

It is acceptable if you are having an unpleasant déjà vu in this case. Six months ago, in February of this year, Google first announced this latest iteration of the real-time screen search capability. The assistant has already offered a similar arrangement temporarily without Lens’s involvement before then. Even before that, in 2015 during the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) timeframe, Google offered a very useful built-in feature called Now on Tap. Having said that, it’s worth mentioning that we still haven’t achieved the same level of search intelligence as Now on Tap.

Google Lens trick No. 2: Copy text from the real world

One amazing feature of Google Lens that I like using is its ability to copy text from many physical sources, such as books, whiteboards, paper, or even tattoos that are packed with text. You may then easily copy and paste the material into any other document, note, email, Slack channel, or anywhere else you can imagine.

All you have to do is open up the Google Lens app and go to the top of the screen to find the “Search with your camera” area. As you would with regular digital text on a website, point your camera at any nearby text and touch any area of the viewfinder to choose the exact chunk of text you need.

Select the “Copy text” option from the panel at the very bottom of the screen to finish. By doing so, you may copy all of the text to the clipboard on your computer and then paste them anywhere you like.

Google Lens trick No. 3: Send text from the real world to your computer

The truth is that most of us use our phones for more than just work. You may use Lens to help you get actual textual information into your computer.

Just follow the same steps as before, but this time look for the “Copy to computer” option on the screen’s bottom panel. You should be able to see the option if you’re using the same Google account on all of your devices—Windows, Mac, Linux, or ChromeOS. When you touch it, a full inventory of all the accessible places will be shown.

Select the system you’d want to use to copy text from a paper document to your clipboard. All you have to do is copy the material to your clipboard, and then you may paste it anywhere you like. To execute the operation immediately, use the Ctrl-V (or Cmd-V on a Mac) key combination. It will be visible in any text field inside any process or program that permits pasting.

Google Lens trick No. 4: Hear text from the real world read aloud

Your dear Aunt Sally may have lately sent you a letter, a printed summary, or a long note. Whatever it is, while you’re on the go or in between meetings, let Lens read it aloud to give your eyes a break.

After repeating the previous steps to line your phone with the paper, all you have to do is hit the “Text” option once again. After selecting the text you want to listen to, go to the panel at the screen’s bottom and look for the “Listen” option.

Simply place your pinky finger firmly on the smartphone, and the Google Lens app will read aloud the selected text in a soothing and pleasant voice. “Hello there, Google!” Is it possible to have a story to listen to when we’re sleeping?

Google Lens trick No 5: Interact with text from an image

Images, such as photos and screenshots, may have their text extracted and analyzed using Lens.

Exciting opportunities lie in the latter section. Think of a time when you got an email with a tracking number. Having said that, the tracking number has an unusual structure that makes it difficult to replicate. (I have this experience often.) Another possibility is that you are seeing a presentation or website where, for some reason, you are unable to choose the text.

Hold down the phone’s power button and volume-down button at the same time to take a screenshot. Next, launch the Google Lens mobile app. Just tap the screenshot on the Lens home page and then choose the option labeled “Text,” which is at the bottom of the screen. There you have it! Afterward, you may easily choose the text you want.


Google Lens AI is revolutionizing text translation by providing contextual translation options, a redesigned app for Apple’s iOS operating system, and an augmented-reality translation feature through Google Lens. The translation app now supports 33 new languages, including Basque, Corsican, Hawaiian, Hmong, Kurdish, Latin, Luxembourgish, Sudanese, Yiddish, and Zulu. Google Lens also allows real-world copy and paste, preserving context and enhancing global understanding.


Can Google Lens translate the text?

Just open your Camera app, and you’ll be able to translate all the text on menus and signs. From the search bar on your home screen, press Lens. Then, tap Translate. Another option is to use the Camera app’s Lens > Translate mode.

Can Google Translate text in an image?

Translate text into images.
Look up words inside an image using Google Translate. Pick the Images tab up top. Pick the target and source languages for the translation.

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