Google Lens Arriving On Pixel and Pixel XL Phones Via Google Photos

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Oct 24, 2017
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At the Pixel 2 launch event earlier this month, we were given a glimpse of Google Lens. By the looks of it, Google Lens looks revolutionary when it comes to finding information about something without the need to open Google search and type the query.

Google Lens works in collaboration with your phone’s camera and presents information about objects you point the camera at. It looks even helpful for the tourists as they can just point the camera at any landmarks and get related information instantly. It also works for barcodes, flyers, and more.

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In a nutshell, we can call Google Lens a virtual search engine. Initially, it seemed to be limited to the newly launched Pixel 2 smartphones, but now it appears to be making its way to the first-gen Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. A “preview” version of Google Lens is coming to the Pixel phones via Google Photos app.

Google Lens added via Google Photos on first-gen Pixel phones

First noticed by Reddit users who reported that the Photos app on their first-gen Pixel phones has been augmented with Lens. Google has made this addition through a server-side update as it did not arrive on the Pixel phone through the Play Store. Here’s what Pixel users saw when they opened Google Photos:

Google Lens

All the Pixel users can now use Lens for making quick online searches without typing a word. They just have to point their camera at the object, and ta-da Google Lens will show them relevant information. For example – Pixel users can point their phone’s camera at any flower, and Google Lens will enlighten them about the species of the flower and its significance. Also, Google Lens will help them connect to a Wi-Fi network by pointing their camera at the network’s SSID and password.

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Google Lens Integration with Google Assistant

As we mentioned above, it is a server-side update so it may take some time to reach all the Pixel phones. If you’re a first-gen Pixel owner, then you can check for the update by opening Google Photos app on your phone. If your phone has got the update, then you will see Lens icon in place of info icon on your pictures. In the coming weeks, Lens will also get integrated into Google Assistant, which means we will see a broader rollout for all the compatible Android devices.

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