Google Acquires Quest Visual
Quest Visual, the developer of the popular Word Lens application that translates printed words from one language to another by using a smartphone video camera, has been acquired by Google. In joining Google, Quest Visual plans to integrate its current technology found within its Word Lens application into the Google Translate service, boosting its usability even more. Since Google Translate language packages can already be downloaded and used without an Internet connection, and translations provided by Word Lens are already done without an Internet connection, the Google Translate service should certainly become more feature rich in the future.
As a good gesture to those who have supported Word Lens up until this announcement, Quest Visual has made the application and its accompanying language packs free to download for a limited time while the transition to Google takes place. No information was provided by either entity as to the financial terms of the agreement.