First, install Google Goggles on your phone. After that, all you need to do is point your camera at any text you'd like to translate and take a snapshot:
Goggles scans the photo, looking for anything it can identify as text:
Just press Translate and Goggles will attempt to autodetect the language and translate it into the default language on your phone (if it can't do so, you can specify the From and To languages manually):
Voilà! Instant translation:
In Mashable's test of this new feature, they were able to isolate text to translate from within the photo (or screen window; I couldn't tell), but I did not see that option. Instead, all scanned text was available by selecting "show all." I'd be interested to know if other users have the same experience.
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