We all remember the Google I/O where Google Assistant made a call to book an appointment – that was the major headline of the event. Google also displayed a new array of machine vision features which will be collectively called Google Lens at the Google I/O 2018. With no announcements made, Google has begun rolling out these new features and UI to an increasing number of users.
The Google Lens update features a refreshed introductory section, a new set of UI and the most important – fascinating and interesting features. The update is available on some devices, without having to run the Android P developer preview to access it.
Among these new Google Lens features is a function that displays the “anchor points” of information in your viewfinder. The function which is also known as smart look-up identifies object/subject in front of your camera and reveal google based information about them. This feature is not really accurate yet, as it may have trouble with identifying some objects such as plant species, cars and so on. It’s going to take time to develop a machine learning algorithm that can fully identify all objects.
The most functional one is the Smart text selection, which is capable of copying text from the real world and storing it on your phone. You can imagine the possibilities offered by this feature, there will be no need transcribe texts from magazines, books or newspaper. To be able to harness the full capacity of this features, your camera has to be able to take sharp and clear pictures.
Finally, the Google Lens also got some real-time AR capabilities which give you information about an object such as landmarks. It also gives you information about an object or piece of clothing with a similar style just by pointing your camera at it. This is also not accurate, but it’s a work in progress.
If you haven’t gotten these Google Lens features yet, no need to rush. It may take some time before roll-out to everyone’s phone. But some of the features are already available on Google Photos.