Google Buys Language Translation App
Published on: 18th May 2014
Google has beefed up its text translation service through the acquisition of the mobile app developer Quest Visual.
Quest's Word Lens translating app worked by letting users take a photo of a sign, and then it processed the text to provide a translation of what the sign said.
Unlike many translation packages, this one required the user to download a language pack into their handset, which had to be paid for. While that limited the options for the user, it did mean that the app worked without phone coverage.
As part of the tranaction, Quest has made both the app and the language packs free to download for a limited time while they transition to Google.
Quest Visual was founded in 2009 and had a staff of four based in offices in San Francisco. They launched their first app in 2010.
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