During MWC 2018, Google announced it would expand its Lens object recognition software, originally exclusive to the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, to more Android devices via the Google Photos app and, eventually, the Assistant itself. Now, it looks like the time has come for the rollout to begin if the below tweet is any indication.
Rolling out today, Android users can try Google Lens to do things like create a contact from a business card or get more info about a famous landmark. To start, make sure you have the latest version of the Google Photos app for Android: https://t.co/KCChxQG6Qm
Coming soon to iOS pic.twitter.com/FmX1ipvN62
— Google Photos (@googlephotos) March 5, 2018
As for what you can do with Lens, by hitting a button within the Photos app, you’ll be able to identify things like products, posters, text, animals, plants, and more right from the camera interface that’s presented, allowing you to identify the world around you. It’s unclear just how convenient the feature is to users, but in my early testing with the Pixel 2 XL, I didn’t use it that much even though I found it pretty accurate.
While Android users are seeing the update today, those using Photos on iOS can also expect Lens as well. Unfortunately, we don’t have a timeframe, but we at least know it’s coming.