Google Lens Android Application
The “future of search” uses your phone’s camera to identify objects and then gives you information about those objects — basically a sort of real-time reverse image-lookup, or, if you prefer, an augmented reality (AR) Google.
However you choose to describe it, Google Lens can perform some cool tricks. Let’s take a look at the best of them, starting with how to actually use the feature.
What is Google Lens?
Google Lens enables you to point your phone at something, such as a specific flower, and then ask Google Assistant what the object you’re pointing at is. You’ll not only be told the answer, but you’ll get suggestions based on the object, like nearby florists, in the case of a flower.
Similarly, in Google Chrome for Android, the long-press menu for images has replaced “Search Google for this image” with “Search with Google Lens.” Selecting the new option launches into the Lens functionality of the Google app, with a premade search from your image of choice.
Scan & Translate Text
Translate words you see, save a business card to your contacts, add events to your calendar from a poster, and copy and paste complicated codes or long paragraphs into your phone to save time.
Identify Plants & Animals
Find out what that plant is in your friend’s apartment, or what kind of dog you saw in the park.
Explore Places Around You
Identify and learn about landmarks, restaurants, and storefronts. See ratings, hours of operation, historical facts, and more.
Find The Look You Like
See an outfit that catches your eye? Or a chair that’s perfect for your living
room? Find similar clothes, furniture, and home decor to the one you like.
Know What To Order
See popular dishes on a restaurant menu based on reviews from Google Maps.
Quickly scan QR codes and barcodes.
What can Google Lens do?
Aside from the scenarios described above, Google Lens offers the following features:
- Translate: You can point your phone at text and, with Google Translate plugging in, live translate text in front of your very eyes. Magic.
- Smart Text Selection: You can point your phone’s camera at text, then highlight that text within Google Lens, and copy it to use on your phone. So, for instance, imagine pointing your phone at a Wi-Fi password and being able to copy/paste it into a Wi-Fi login screen.
- Smart Text search: When you highlight text in Google Lens, you can also search that text with Google Assistant. This is handy if you need to look up a definition of word, for instance.
- Shopping: If you see a dress you like while shopping, Google Lens can identify that piece and similar articles of clothing. This works forhousehold decor and more, too, via relevant reviews and shopping options.
- Search around you: If you point your camera around you, Google Lens will detect and identify your surroundings. For us that meant IDing the kinds of plants, breeds of pet cats, and highlighting reviews of DVDs from our entertainment stand.