Google Lens began rolling out to (some) Android devices last year before expanding to additional devices earlier this year. Now Google Lens isn’t just for Android anymore. Google has announced that it’s rolling out a Google Lens preview for iOS starting this week.

It’s part of the Google Photos app for iPhone and iPad.

Google Lens is basically a feature that can recognize things, places, text, and other details in a picture and allow you to get more information about that thing.

For example you can take a picture of a landmark or building and get more information about it. Snap a photo of a plant and Google Lens can help identify it. Or take a picture of a business card and you can save the details to your contact list.

Google Lens can also identify famous paintings, show reviews of books, or let you add an event to your calendar by scanning a poster or billboard.

The feature won’t necessarily recognize every landmark, painting, plant, animal, or other item. And certain actions will only be available for certain types of photos. But it’s still a pretty neat feature that makes use of machine learning to help identify specific items and provide additional context based on your unique photos.

via 9to5Mac

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2 replies on “Google Lens comes to iOS (via Google Photos app)”

  1. Google Lens, Play Store say it’s not compatible with my Android phone. Same thing with Google Assistant. And my device is pretty new and fairly capable (Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 w/SD625 & Nougat). What a crock! Soon iPhone users will get more Google Apps than us Android users. Either that or we’ll all have to buy $900 buggy Pixel phones from Google.

  2. Happy to see this useful app on the iphone. Love how you take the time to provide a description of everything you write about! Thanks brad!!!!

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