For those not familiar with Word Lens app we can say that it is a translator, based on augmented reality, from the camera on your mobile device (smatphone or tablet) it translates any sign or inscription you can find, for example, in a foreign country .
This application was promoted by Apple with the launching of the iphone 5s, some time ago, and it worked very well for the benefits offered, but many users were unhappy with the high price of language packs. However, that concern has been dissipated, since both, the application and the languages are now totally free, but we must hurry, as it is just for a limited time.
The reason is that Google bought the creator of Word Lens, Quest Visual. After the acquisition, one of the first decisions taken was to make it completely free while completing the period of adaptation to the new functions of Google Translate. So you already have this improved version of Word Lens available in your App Store or Google Play.
Imagine the advantages of the app in a foreign country, where all signs, posters, restaurant menus, and other travel instructions are in a language that sometimes we don’t even get to recognize. Even if you choose the right option to rent a car and take a road trip, the app is extremely functional. With just a photo of the sign or image with the text, you will get the translation into your own language, there will be no more doubts about confusing signs on motorways or highways.
Another of the great virtues of Word Lens is its offline mode. As we normally do not have internet in a foreign country, it is essential that the translator work offline. Being immersed in a process of change you never know what will happen with the app in the future, maybe Google decides to merge it with its own translator and lose their offline mode. Hence it is worth having the app on your device to enjoy your trip at all times.