Ever wish you had a universal translator like the one Captain Kirk uses? While not able to decode Klingon, LG’s QTranslator app can convert foreign language writing to English (or your native tongue) in real- time via the device’s camera.
So when you’re staring at that all-Mandarin menu, you just point your rear-facing lens at the page and English-language translations appear next to the Hanzi characters. While Google Translate can provide translations of foreign writing, it requires you to take a still image and highlight the text you want rather than working in real-time as you move your phone around.
Alternative App: CamDictionary also allows you to translate words in real- time just by rolling your phone over them. Available in a free trial version that unlocks more vocabulary features for $1.99, the app also has several downloadable offline dictionaries that can translate text even when you don’t have an Internet connection. We tested CamDictionary by running it over the Hanzi characters in a Chinese-language textbook and found the translations quick and accurate.