The jam-packed 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona also hosted a few interesting Google announcements that perhaps didn’t get the attention they deserved, but fret not, as we’ve just been reminded the search giant’s latest image recognition app is expanding.
Unveiled almost ten months ago at the 2017 I/O developer conference, Google Lens has been available as a “preview” on both first and second-gen Pixel phones since November. The same preview experience is now slowly rolling out to other Android (Oreo) devices, also “coming soon” to iOS.
“We’ll add support for more devices over time,” they promised.
The feature began rolling out to English-language Android users, who can try Lens in the Google Photos app to do things like create a contact from a business card or get more info about a famous landmark, just by pointing their camera at an object.
Lens can also identify books (retrieving reviews and other info), and paintings in museums.
Users can access Lens by tapping on a photo in Google Photos, tapping the Google Lens icon, and following the prompts if the service can indeed identify anything noteworthy within it.
All you have to do is make sure the Google Photos app on your eligible Android handset is up to date, and if you’re lucky (or willing to wait a few more days), you should be able to simply snap a picture of a famous landmark, and instantly get info about it without actually performing a manual or voice web search.
If you’re on Android and are currently unable to use this feature on your device, it’s because it’s being rolled out on a gradual basis.
Another nifty use case Google is highlighting on Twitter is the possibility to effortlessly create a contact from a business card in no time, although the AI-powered Lens skill set is way more complex and extensive than that. It will obviously get even better and more diverse down the line, aiming to leave services like Samsung’s Bixby Vision in the dust. Both Samsung (with Bixby Vision) and LG (with QLens) are well on their way to developing similar solutions.
Source : pocketnow.com