Google notified about Google lens at I/O 2017, providing us a preview of the new software, before proceeding with the announcement of the Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL, its latest handsets launched in October 2017, with android as its operating system. So, if you wish to know where Google is headed, look through Google Lens.
What is Google Lens? Google Lens is an Artificial Intelligence-powered technology that employs smartphone camera and deep machine learning that not only identifies an object but understands what it recognizes and provides information based on the same or related things.
What can Google lens do?
Google lens uses the camera on a Pixel phone to scan various items, documents, text and provide relevant information about what it sees. For example, if you point your phone at something, like a pen, you’ll not only be provided with the answer but also will be provided with ideas based on the object it sees, like the nearby stationery shop in case of a pen. Google Pixel can help you with-
1. Plants and Flowers: Just by viewing through your phone’s camera, it can tell you what species a flower is, and based on the object, it can also suggest you about the nearest florist.
2. Complex- passwords: It can read a complicated Wi-Fi password through your phone’s camera and automatically log you into the network by scanning the password on the rear of the router.
3. Buildings, Landmarks, Places: It can offer you reviews and information about the retail store or restaurant, cafes, bars, clubs across the street if you just flash your camera over the physical location. It will provide you with a pop-up window showing reviews, opening times, address details which are helpful in a considerable manner.
4. Posters, Movies, Books: It also provides details about a recently released movie by its poster. You can know about the reviews and based on it you can decide whether to watch it or not.
5. Barcodes: With your Google Assistant and Google Lens, You can quickly look for products by barcode, or simply scan QR codes.
Besides, it helps you with the landmarks, books, art, movies, etc. To be precise, Google Lens scans photos you’ve saved or snapped and gives additional information about the same.
What apps will Google Lens function with?
1. Google Assistant:
At the start, Google Lens will be executed by Google Assistant and Google Photos. Other Google apps will gradually follow which we are yet to know what they would be.
For example: Within Google Assistant, users can tap the Google Lens icon in the bottom right-hand corner, focus their smartphone camera at show time outside a cinema. You’ll then be provided with numerous suggestions in the viewfinder, like a song from the artist picked up from the information board, get tickets for the event, or may add the event to your calendar. Google lens is really convenient because you will be able to get information and numbers without having about.
2. Google Photos:
Google Lens will be able to identify the buildings or landmarks within Google photos, a sign, a product, a poster, etc attempting to provide more information to users like directions about it. Not only that, Google Lens will provide information on famous work of art as well. We hope, maybe it will resolve the debate about Mona Lisa’s smile too.
When will Google Lens Arrive?
Google Lens as a part of Google Assistant will officially be available to all Android users. It was revealed at the launch of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL- available from late October, but there is no news when Google lens will be coming to other Android users. Google Lens in the Assistant is available in all Pixel phones set to English in the U.S., U.K., India, Canada, Australia, and Singapore. Once you receive the update, go to your Google Assistant on your mobile device on your phone and tap the Google Lens icon in the bottom right corner.
Now, with the help of the Google Assistant, Google Lens will help you explore and learn about the world around you. Since it is also available in Google Photos, so once you click the picture, you can continue to explore and get more information about what’s there in your photo. So, have a happy learning.