Google brings Lens-based translation to KaiOS feature phones
Google has announced a handy new capability for KaiOS-powered feature phones — Lens-based translation and reading. The feature is rolling out as part of the Google Assistant app to make the internet giant's powerful image recognition and translation technology easily accessible on millions of affordable phones, including the JioPhone series, across the country. Here's more about it.
Language barriers affect millions in India
India is a diverse country, with people speaking and writing various local languages. Out of these, Google says, "Many would be fluent at speaking and understanding their native language" but there are many who would struggle to read and write the same language. This creates language barriers, making it difficult for many Indians to access simple messages and conversations.
This is where the new Google Lens-based solution comes in
To tackle the challenge of language barriers and help people communicate effortlessly, Google is adding Lens translation support into Assistant on KaiOS-powered feature phones. The capability, as the company explains, will let you point your phone at a real-world text, be it a billboard message, product label, or document, and have it read back, translated, or defined in your preferred language.
How to use it?
If you own a KaiOS feature phone, launch Google Assistant from the app drawer. Once opened, select the "Camera translate" option from the home page and point your phone at the text that needs to be translated and click its image. The Lens will then automatically scan the text and give out the translation in different languages, with dedicated options to listen and search.
Various languages supported at this stage
As of now, the feature supports English as well as Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, and Tamil. Google says it will also add support for Kannada and Gujarati but has not given a timeline for the same. "We hope this will enable millions of KaiOS users across the country to have a more seamless language experience," the company stated.