How can the text in a running app be translated?

Ideally, I would like it to be automatic, like the translation Google Chrome Desktop does.

Second best solution, If the above is not possible, to be able to translate a screenshot taken from the device (without using a PC, and preferably without internet connection).

Screenshot of app in Norwegian Screenshot of app in English

I have tried to translate the screenshot with Google Translate and Google Goggles (Thanx @forums), but the former can only work with the camera, and not with a stored file, where as the later does not correctly identify all texts (see comments below).

OS/Device (if that matters): Android 4.2.2, LG Nexus 4

  • Theres an app called in app translator does this job
    – user77554
    Oct 24, 2014 at 14:46

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I use Google Goggles to scan barcodes, qr codes, objects, and also translate foreign aliens :P

It also has an option to open images from gallery including screenshots. Unfortunately, I have no knowledge of any in-app translation app. The developer should be responsible for that matter

  • Developers are irresponsible here :P. Thanx I will give it a try...
    – user000001
    Feb 22, 2013 at 14:24
  • Tried it but I could not set OCR language. Also, it does not recognize all the parts with text. Could not figure out how to manually select area for OCR. But it is a cool App anyway!
    – user000001
    Feb 22, 2013 at 15:53

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