SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - May 6, 2014) - Visual translation service, Waygo, today announces the release of its translation app for Android. Waygo helps travelers easily overcome language barriers by instantly translating Chinese and Japanese characters into English without the need for an internet connection. Waygo uses a combination of optical character recognition and translation technologies to instantly translate printed text by simply pointing your camera to translate.
Waygo helps language learners, tourists and business travelers experience China and Japan just like a local. The app instantly and accurately translates menus, signs and more. Waygo for Android allows users to instantly translate multiple lines of text or a single line for spelling and pronunciation. Visual translation is important for East Asian languages because it is extremely difficult for a tourist to search in a dictionary for pictographic text like �� without knowing its pronunciation.
Waygo launched as the only instant visual translator for Chinese in April 2013, and since then its users have conducted more than one million translations. The upgraded interface for both iOS and Android supports more fonts, dictionary items and includes improved image focusing and translation quality, including numbers. The Android app contains the full functionality of the iOS app providing the same excellent experience on both platforms.
"The goal with Waygo is to make translating quick and easy for even the most challenging of languages to learn," said Ryan Rogowski, CEO and co-founder of Waygo. "We believe everyone should be able to confidently travel anywhere in the world without language barriers. By creating this instant and accurate off-line service, people can go like a local and spend less time worrying about communication. For those who choose to learn the language, we want Waygo to be the best resource for mastering the language."
Waygo is available for free, offering users 10 free translations per day. Users can purchase an in-app upgrade to unlimited translations for $6.99, or a weeklong tourist package of unlimited translations for $1.99. It is available for download on Android devices at http://waygoapp.com/android and iOS devices at http://waygoapp.com/iOS. Test Waygo now by downloading it and translating the Chinese menu at http://waygoapp.com/menu.