The New Google Lens Is Here: So You Can Try It

Google Lens
Written by Hassan Abbas

During the past Google I / O there were many improvements to Google Lens, but when we were excited to try them on our phones we were disappointed: they were not yet available. Now the new Google Lens has begun to unfold, and it is very likely that you already have it activated.

After a first assault to integrate within Google Photos, now comes to your camera, using your magic directly in the environment in front of you, without having to take a picture before. This new integration works directly from the Google Assistant.

Google Lens

Google Lens

How to use the Google Lens camera

To see if you already have the new Google Lens activated, do a long press on the home button until the Google Assistant window appears. There should appear in the lower right corner of the new Google Lens button.

The first time you click on it you will be shown an introductory screen explaining the new capabilities of Google Lens and what you can do with it, highlighting text analysis, product search, and information about places. You must give the wizard permission to use the camera.

For the rest, there is not much else you can do. Point the camera at the object you want to identify and wait for it to appear focused. Tap the object you want to identify so that Google Lens tells you what it is.

Google Lens

Google Lens

While some explanations are quite generic, others can show you additional information, shopping links, related YouTube videos or any other information that Google is able to find on your network. In all cases, you have the option to rate the identification with a thumbs up or down.

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Copy text from the real world

Probably the most impressive novelty of Google Lens is the possibility of recognizing, selecting and copying real-world text. To do this you must make sure that the text is displayed in a focused way and touch it to activate the selection mode.

The text recognition of Google Lens works very well, recognizing all types of fonts and designs, without affecting the combinations of colors and backgrounds. It is a great improvement over the recognition of text that existed in Google Lens since its inception.

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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