Those of you lucky enough to be visiting Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics might not have opulent luxuries like floors or potable water, but at least getting around town will be a little easier thanks to the Word Lens app. The developers added support for Russian today, allowing users to translate signs, menus, and other text on the fly.
If you've never used Word Lens, then you really should, at least if you're frequently traveling to places that don't speak your native language. The app uses augmented reality to translate text from one language to another, then re-insert it into the live image from your phone's camera. The result is pretty close to the mythical instant universal translator. With today's update, Word Lens can translate to and from English for Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. Best of all, the app doesn't require an active data connection, so it works without expensive roaming data.
Other than the addition of English to Russian and Russian to English active translation, there are no other changes in version 2.2. Word Lens is an expensive app at $4.99, but Android Police editors can personally attest to its value and usefulness.