Google Lens is getting new powers and moving into the camera app
Last year when Google introduced Google Lens, the tool exists in other Google properties like Google Photos and Assistant. At this year's Google I/O, the company has announced that Lens will be available directly in the camera app on 10 supported devices from LGE, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony Mobile, HMD/Nokia, Transsion, TCL, OnePlus, BQ, ASUS, and Google.
Three updates are also coming to Lens, namely:
- Smart text selection - You can now copy and paste text from the real world to your phone. Because Lens recognizes words, including their meaning and context, it’s able to show you more information and photos to help you understand words that you aren’t familiar with.
- Style match - In addition to finding the exact item and giving you info about it (e.g., reviews) , Lens can also find other things that are similar in style. Great for outfits pairing, I guess.
- Proactive surfacing of information - Lens now works in real time, which means it’s able to show you information instantly based on what you’re looking at. For example, point your camera at a book or an art piece and Lens will bring up more info about the work. Google says all this is powered by machine learning, using both on-device intelligence and cloud TPUs, to identify billions of words, phrases, places, and things in a split second.
All the new features will start rolling out in the next few weeks.