Google Photos integrates with the Google ecosystem to bring you great features, such as identifying landmarks, tracking products you've photographed, and much more. Now, if you need to translate foreign words in any of your images, the app has also covered them.
Courtesy of Google lens, Google Photos has optical character recognition that can translate words on the fly. However, the feature is still quite limited as the only reliable language at the moment is Spanish, and the translation can only be done in the Photos app for Android, not iPhone. Nonetheless, I'll show you how it works below.
: Take a photo or select one within Google Photos
First, you'll need a photo of the text you want to translate. You can capture this image now, or you can use a foreign text image that is already in your camera roll.
Open the image in Google Photos and then press the Google Lens button next to the trash can icon in the bottom right corner of the screen (it's an open square with two dots inside the screen). Wait a few seconds for the tool to analyze the photo.
Once Google Lens finishes the analysis, all recognized words are automatically highlighted. When you tap each word – either the image itself or the corresponding Google search results below it – details for the word are displayed, along with the English translation and a brief summary. When you tap "Search Results" at the bottom, you'll be taken to a Google search page for more information about that word.
Of course, Google Lens text recognition works better on typed words. As mentioned earlier, Google Lens's ability to translate text is still a small hit or mishap, and often not only foreign texts are recognized, but also words translated into English. Sometimes Google Lens gives you the wrong information.
Luckily, Google is known to improve its services through regular updates and better integration, so it's only a matter of time before the translation feature in Google Photos gets very much – New Update. Finally, this feature should go to the level of the Google Translate app so you can more reliably view the meaning of foreign words in as few steps as possible.