To all frequent travelers, these new Google Translate features may prove to be very useful! I personally installed and tried the Android version of the application. Google has updated it with tons of new features and is now capable of translating images and pictures (unfortunately still not available in Arabic).
The application now supports text translation for 54 different languages, speech-to-text translation for 17 languages and the ability to listen to translated text in 40 different languages. In other words, you can say “Please take me to the airport” and have it translated to the adequate answer in 40 various languages. Your mobile phone will take in charge the pronunciation since it is the one doing the speaking.
As mentioned earlier, the application comes now with a new feature that allows you to take a picture and translate the text within after having highlighted it (restaurant menus for example).
The application is free and available on Google Play.