November 12, 2013 09:00 ET

New Waygo Translation App Update Breaks Down Language Barriers During Travel

Simply Point and Instantly Translate Chinese to English

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 12, 2013) - Visual translation service, Waygo, is excited to announce the availability of the newest version of its smartphone app to help travelers easily overcome language barriers. Consumers can use the Waygo app to translate Chinese characters into English text by seeing images, finding relevant text and creating sensible phrases instantly.

Waygo helps language learners, tourists and business travelers experience China and Chinese culture just like a local. Simply point and accurately translate without having to connect to the web.

"Waygo translates Chinese characters into English simply by holding a phone over the phrase," said Ryan Rogowski, CEO and co-founder of Waygo. "We are creating a service that allows people to go like a local when they are traveling without necessarily needing to know the language. For those who choose to learn the language, we want Waygo to be the best way to read and speak like a local as soon as possible."

The newest version features a completely redesigned interface, more dictionary items and supported fonts. It also includes updates to Waygo's multi-line translation capabilities, which can be accessed by pulling the tab on the bottom of the translation target box. One of Waygo's most requested addtions from users, the pinyin pronunciation system, has been introduced. Now, users can see both the English translation of Chinese text as well as how it is pronounced.

The latest version of Waygo is a free download with a select number of translations, and for $6.99 users can receive unlimited translations. It is available for download on iOS7 devices at

About Waygo
Waygo is a visual translation service that changes the way tourists, language learners and business travelers experience China and the Chinese language. Derived from the Chinese pinyin "wài guó", or foreign country, Waygo uses a combination of optical character recognition and a translation piece to translate Chinese characters into English text. The app sees images, finds relevant text and creates sensible phrases by simply holding the phone over the Chinese characters. Waygo instantly translates and does not require an Internet connection to operate. More languages are being developed and are coming soon. For additional information, visit

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