Just yesterday, Google announced it was enabling its Len object identification system on more Android devices via the Google Photos app. That’s great and all, but the company had also promised back at MWC 2018 that Lens would be integrated right into the Assistant on more devices in the future. While we didn’t have a time period for when we could expect that rollout to begin, it looks like it already has.
As reported by 9to5Google and found in our own discoveries, Google is beginning to enable Google Lens via the Assistant on more devices. For instance, we received the feature on a Galaxy S8 running Android 8.0 Oreo in our office. On the other hand, other devices like our LG V30 (Android 7.1.1 Nougat) and Moto Z2 Force (Android 8.0 Oreo) have yet to see the feature.
Also worth noting is the fact that we’re not seeing Lens in the Photos app as of yet despite getting the feature in the Assistant. Of course, this is probably just an isolated incident so you can expect to see Lens first in the Photos app and later in the Assistant.
But at least for now, I’d go and check your Assistant to see if you have the feature or not. You might have it and don’t even know.