'Daghang Salamat': Google now offers Cebuano camera translation

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Posted at Sep 03 2019 09:33 AM

Word Lens, a feature within Google Translate, now gives instant translations in Cebuano just by pointing at menu boards, street signs and text. Google/Handout

MANILA -- Google said Tuesday Cebuano can now be translated "instantly" into more than 100 languages just by taking a picture of words that are written in the language.

Word Lens, a feature within Google Translate, gives instant translations just by pointing at menu boards, street signs and text, Google said in a statement.

Google launched Cebuano translations on Word Lens at the tail end of Buwan ng Wika last August.

"This update is helpful for tourists to communicate with the locals better and understand Cebu’s culture more. Users who are already familiar with Cebuano can still use the tool to learn other languages as well," Google said.

Google also included support for its Android keyboard GBoard to 4 Filipino writing systems: Buhid, Hanunuo, Tagbanwa and Baybayin. 

GBoard also supports Tagalog, Central Bikol, Koronadal Blaan, Rinconada Bikol, Chavacano, Cebuano, Capiznon, Cuyonon, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Itawit, Kankanaey, Kinaray-A, Maguindanao, Maranao, Pangasinan, Kapampangan, Tausug, and Waray.