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.

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.


Posted by Max Buondonno

Founder and executive editor at Matridox (formally MBEDDED). I've also founded and am the sitting CEO at MBEDDED Media, a new kind of media company. Lover of anything and everything involving technology. I know CSS and basic HTML to an extent. Writer, blogger, critic, coder, and self-certified genius. Oh, and I'm told I'm a legend, if that means anything to you.

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