June 1

Google Lens: Quick Text Captures on the Go

One of Google’s big announcements last month involved a tool called Google Lens. Using artificial intelligence and augmented reality, Google Lens will help you analyze images and what you’re seeing through your camera lens to add context, knowledge and interaction.

Right now the advanced features of Google Lens are rolling out to newer Android devices and will be embedded into the camera feature of newer Android phones. But another feature of Google Lens has been hidden in Google Photos on both iOS and Android, and that’s what I explain in this short video:


Here’s more of what the Lens can do inside Google Photos (source: the Google Lens page):

Use Google Lens to interact with your photos

You can get more details or take action on your photo using Google Lens.

For example: If you take a photo of a:

  • Business card: You can save the phone number or address to a contact.
  • Book: You can get reviews and other details about it.
  • Landmark or building: You can get more details about it.
  • Painting in a museum: You can get details about it.
  • A plant or animal: You can learn more about it.
  • A flyer or event billboard:  You can add that event to your calendar.

Note: Google Lens will work on any device with the latest version of Google Photos. Currently, Google Lens can only be used if your device language is set to English.




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  • I’m guessing that if someone takes a photo of a person, Google Lens will look up the person’s name, address, phone, and whatever other information it can find. Very scary!

  • {"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}