Google is officially rolling out its Lens feature for Apple iOS devices in the coming weeks. Lens is an on-demand object recognition tool, accessible through the Google Photos application. When users take a picture of a book or painting, for example, Lens recognizes it and spits out information that tells more details about the object.
The lens works on photos of business cards, books, monuments and buildings, paintings in a museum, plants or animals, flyers and billboards. When you use Lens in a photo that has phone numbers or an address, you can automatically save this information as a contact on your phone, while events will be added to your calendar.
Starting today and rolling out over the next week, those of you on iOS can try previewing Google Lens to quickly take measurements of a photo or discover more about the world around them. Make sure you have the latest version (3.15) of the application.https: //t.co/Ni6MwEh1bu pic.twitter.com/UyIkwAP3i9
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To access the function on your iOS device, start the Google Photos application, select a photo, and then touch the Google Lens icon. Depending on the photo, you can check the details provided by Google or take an action. Google states that if your web activity and app settings are enabled, your Google Lens activity will be saved in your Google account. You can delete any history from your My Activity page at any time. The feature is extending to version 3.15 of the iOS application, so be sure to update.
The lens debuted last October on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Google began deploying the feature on all Android phones with Google Photos installed earlier this month.