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The Bing Translator app, which has been available for Windows Phone users since April of last year, has added augmented reality and offline capability, notes Engadget.

Microsoft has now updated the utility for Windows Phone 8. The latest version of Translator supports six languages (Chinese, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish) and features a new “lens” for translating text via a smartphone’s camera. The app is available as a free download in the Store. Head past the break to see it in action.

Microsoft says you can build your own customized translation system with the Microsoft Translator Hub.

AT&T is a big booster of Windows 8 Phones, but Verizon Wireless will also offer the new Windows Phone 8X by HTC and the Nokia Lumia 822 in stores starting today.

T-Mobile users can also pick up the Windows Phone 8X by HTC or the Nokia Lumia 810, the latter of which is exclusive to T-Mobile.

Walter Mossberg reviewed the Nokia 920, which runs the latest Windows Phone 8 OS. He says it’s a high quality phone but heavy, and it has a much smaller app selection than iPhone or Android phones.

Wikipedia explains that devices running an older version of Windows Phone cannot be upgraded to Windows Phone 8 due to a change to the operating system’s kernel. Launch hardware partners include Huawei, Nokia, Samsung, and HTC.

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