4 Best Free Apps With Live Camera Translate, Offline Text And Voice Translation

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There are only a handful of companies that specialize in translation. It is easy to translate word for word, however it is very hard to translate a whole sentence. Big corporations such as Google and Microsoft spend millions of dollars in R&D for decades to perfect Artificial Intelligence and Technology. There are many alternative apps that offer similar features, they either license the same technology or are pretty bad at translating.

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Speech Recognition Breakthrough for the Spoken is the hardest of all, and nobody does it better than Microsoft. Live camera translation is very accurate for all apps, all it requires is a good OCR that scans for the text and converts it into another language. A must have tool for travelers, download them now.

1. Google Translate

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Google Translate

Translate 100+ languages without internet or network connection with Google Translate app for Android by downloading the offline language packages. This is a must have app for travelers using Android and iOS smartphones. Do note that the languages package can be as large as 200MB, remember to use wifi connection! Here are the features:

  • Translate without a network connection with 50+ offline language packages
  • Camera input and offline translation are available for Android 2.3 and above.
  • Translate text and speech between more than 60 languages
  • Save your favorite translations for quick, offline access
  • View dictionary results for single words or phrases

Translations between the following languages are supported: Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cebuano, Chichewa, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Corsican, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Frisian, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Kyrgyz, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Mongolian, Myanmar (Burmese), Nepali, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Scots Gaelic, Serbian, Sesotho, Shona, Sindhi, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Xhosa, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zulu

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2. Microsoft Translator

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Microsoft Translator

Microsoft Translator enables you to translate text or speech, have translated conversations, and even download languages to use offline. Microsoft Translator is powered by cutting-edge technology used by Office, Bing, Skype, Internet Explorer as well as by partners such as Twitter, Yelp, eBay, WeChat and more. 

  • Speak or type to translate into over 60 languages
  • Have real-time translated conversations with two or more people by connecting your devices
  • Have two-person real-time conversations on a single device
  • Download languages to translate offline
  • Hear your translated phrase for you to help you pronounce your translation
  • Browse phrasebooks for translations and pronunciation guides for popular phrases
  • Look up alternate translations and meanings of a word
  • Share your translation with other apps
  • Pin your most frequent translations to save for later
  • Speak to your Android Wear smartwatch to get an instant translation
  • Automatically sync translations between your phone and Android Wear smartwatch

Translator supports the following languages:  Afrikaans, Arabic, Bosnian (Latin), Bulgarian, Cantonese (Traditional), Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Fijian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong Daw, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Quer’etaro Otomi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tahitian, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, and Yucatec Maya.

3. Baidu Translate

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Baidu Translate

Baidu Translate provides translation service for 16 popular languages and in 186 directions. With 5 million authoritative dictionaries, Baidu Translate offers its users real-time speech-to-speech translation and camera translation of multiple languages.

As for offline translation, it offers authoritative phrasebook packs and offline voice packs of Japanese, Korean and American English. It can also intelligently recommend translating functions according to its users’ GPS.

  • High-quality translation of multiple languages: Baidu Translate supports 16 popular languages, including Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Thai, German, French, Portuguese, etc. Compared with other translators, it provides expression and travel translation of much higher quality and offers “Text to Speech” service for all the languages mentioned above.
  • Conversation translation: With Baidu Translate, you can communicate freely with foreign people in real time. The app supports voice input of Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, etc.
  • Offline translation: You can download offline translation packs of English, Japanese and Korean, which enable you to get translation even without network connection.
  • Authoritative dictionaries: Baidu Translate includes a variety of authoritative dictionaries, with one hundred thousand local entries and 5 million cloud entries. With the network connected, it can also provide you with explanations from the Internet and Baidu Baike, synonyms, antonyms, example sentences and other results.
  • Useful Phrase books: Baidu Translate offers useful expressions to its users when they are traveling abroad in countries such as Japan, Korea and the USA. It also provides offline “Text to Speech” service.
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4. Waygo


Waygo Translator for Chinese, Japanese and Korean has arrived on Android!! Traveling to Asia? Learning Chinese, Japanese or Korean? Instantly translate printed Chinese, Japanese or Korean text to English using your smartphone camera. No data connection needed. Go like a local. Waygo is the leader in visual translation services, easily translating images of printed text offline.

Waygo visual translator has been featured repeatedly in ABC News, TechCrunch, The Next Web, Tech In Asia, GigaOm, Forbes, Technode, e27 and VentureBeat as the top visual Chinese translator. This free download is a limited version with 10 daily translations. Upgrade to lifetime unlimited Chinese, Japanese and Korean to English translations inside the Upgrade menu.

  • Use your video camera as visual translator or dictionary (camera flash required)
  • No data connection required
  • See the pronunciation of the words
  • Simply point and translate foreign text to English
  • Share your translations through SMS, Facebook, Twitter and Email


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    Steve Jobs [ Reply ]

    Google Translate is a free automatic translator. It works without the intervention of human translators, using state-of-the-art technology instead.

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      Transfluent now localizes iOS and Android apps!

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    Billy BIll [ Reply ]

    Break through language barriers with Google Translate: • Translate text and speech between more than 60 languages

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      Rk mehta [ Reply ]

      Any translation app how and which mobile instrument support or not what types of problems u face and that time what u need to settings in your device it also u explain. I have iPhone 7+ but it is copy piece so it’s have no support any app. Please Google help and solve such every situation and guide to us. We have most of problems is that we don’t know fluently English and such other languages so it will translate in my language it will be better for us.

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    Jaymar Cabebe [ Reply ]

    with its versatile input methods, simple interface, and offline support is one of the best translation tools out there.

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    Rusty Blazenhoff [ Reply ]

    Nate Smith of Awkward Elevator has humorously imagined what it would be like if Google Translate could translate English into (Ned)

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    Grace Murano [ Reply ]

    Look what people found while using the most popular translator in the world.

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    Frederic Lardinois [ Reply ]

    Google’s text-to-speech engine loves the iPad so much, it often ends sentences with the phrase “he now praises the iPad” for no apparent

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    Quentyn Kennemer [ Reply ]

    Google Translate is a wonderful that helps knock down language barriers for many people. Let’s face it: not everyone in the world is multilingual

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      Just install the latest version of the Google Translate for Android

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    Drew Olanoff [ Reply ]

    We believe that your choice of input tools is important, because the best way to input

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    Kovacs Eduard [ Reply ]

    Spammers Use Google Translate to Evade Spam Filters

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    Casey Johnston [ Reply ]

    Indecipherable foreign road signs, consider yourselves thwarted. Google Translate can now read images of text

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    Nancy Messieh [ Reply ]

    With certain languages Google Translate is appallingly bad.

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      Travel with Google Translate. Instantly translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages using Google Translate for Android.

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      So true. Dutch translation is not the best. It gives supposed literal translation for words. Dutch don’t structure sentences off of the literal translation, so you wind up looking crazy.

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    Kevin Tofel [ Reply ]

    Heading out of the country with your Android phone? Consider upgrading to the latest version of Google Translate for Android

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    Emil Protalinski [ Reply ]

    Google has made it even easier to use its language translation app on Android by supporting offline language packs

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      Boyman [ Reply ]

      The coolest part about Google Translate is the sheer number of languages it knows:

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    Muhammad [ Reply ]

    Google Dictionary is an online dictionary service of Google, originating in its Google Translate service.

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    is google dictionary available in english to hindi?

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      Muhammad [ Reply ]

      where to Download Google Translate App For Android?

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    shaikh salim [ Reply ]

    Urdu language not support offline Google translator ..please update Urdu language

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    amin nohri [ Reply ]

    Offline urdu languange is not available please update

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    Sreeharsha [ Reply ]

    Offline Telugu not available please make it soon.

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    Jiří Kolumberský [ Reply ]

    which will be available offline latina?

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    RANJIT [ Reply ]

    Offline language bengali are not avalabel

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    Google translate does NOT work offline for the following modes: OCR (camera), handwriting, and voice. How useful is that?

    When you walk in the street, in Asia, with strange characters you cannot understand, and google translate can not do anything to help you, unless, yes, unless you have a wifi with you, so that only that way it can work. Offline, and you are on your own.

    So, when you travel to, say, Japan, get a package: rent a SIM card and a WIFI. It will cost you expensive. Thank you google, for siding with your buddies the ISPs.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      because Google uses AI to translate the language, language is not like math where there is a formula, language is dynamic and it requires some kind of ‘intelligence’ to translate it. nothing to do with ISP or money, they do not make money translating languages, neither does any ISP gives them money when people use their services.

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        notoyou [ Reply ]

        ngan, you are completly wrong.it is all about google and isp money and selling of data. an app should be autonomous but they require wifi connections instead to track us and sell info. shame.

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          Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

          Technically yes, Microsoft Translator allows us to download the offline package. I guess it can be done, the reason as stated by you, to track and make money.

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      The most disappointing aspect of translators is that their functionality is severely limited offline. Unfortunately, most app makers don’t make it clear which functions work offline. You generally have to find out yourself by downloading, installing and usually deleting the app.

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        Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

        It only works online because it requires some sort of AI or a huge database to translate them. Google Translator and Microsoft Translator do offer offline package, download them before you travel.

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      OCR works offline. I’m using it to translate Japanese now.

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    I like this translate

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    Orange cat [ Reply ]

    Can anyone tell me why my google translate app on iPhone 6 does not work without internet connection? I have downloaded the Japanese pack. I tested by turning off mobile data and w fi and the microphone and pen icons disappear

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    Charles [ Reply ]

    Google Translate is not free.

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    Anthony [ Reply ]

    Hello, I am a student who studies English, Norwegian so therefore I would like to buy an offline translator that works in Arabic or can translate to English and Norwegian. Can you help me with that? God bless you. Best regards Anthony Dador.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Just download Google Translator App, they have offline ( Need to download and update every 30 days ) feature and are free.

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    Polly Maertz [ Reply ]

    Traveling to Brazil in a few months. I use an iPod & rely on catching WiFi if & when. What will be the best app to use, assuming I will be offline most of the time?

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    Apkhall [ Reply ]

    Urdu language not support offline Google translator ..please update Urdu language

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    Johnnie Hogan [ Reply ]

    I hope it works

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    I have a very old silver pot and it can’t even detect what language is written on it. I’ve tried Chinese, Japanese and Korean nothing can anyone tell me what other language to try!

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