Imagine you’re traveling in a foreign country and you’re not familiar with the language, how would you go about reading signboards and directions? You could ask the locals or you could take a chance and hope you’re down the right patch. If you’re tech savvy you’ll probably whip out your smartphone and use Google Translate’s visual translation feature which as of today supports 27 languages.

The Google Translate app has been updated today and it brings visual translation support for 20 additional languages bringing the total number of supported languages to 27, it also makes real-time voice translations much more faster and smoother.

Users can now translate to and from English and Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.

One-way translations from English to Hindi and Thai are also possible now, the app is capable of easily translating printed text in all of the aforementioned languages.

Users who are interested in trying out these new languages have to first update the Google Translate app and set “English” along with the language that they would like to translate. A small ~2MB language pack install will be required for each language.

The latest Google Translate update is coming to both Android and iOS and it will be rolling out in the next couple of days.

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