What is Google Lens?

Google Lens is an app that can un­der­stand, read and in­ter­act with the in­for­ma­tion within your pho­tos, writes MARIE BLACK

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Google made a big deal out of Google Lens at its I/O 2017 open­ing key­note, and if it works as is claimed then it’s some­thing with which we can all get on board.

It has since an­nounced that Google Lens will be built into the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which is avail­able to buy now and on 15 Novem­ber re­spec­tively (see pages 11 and 20 for fur­ther de­tails).

Google Lens is a smart camera app that can read and ac­tu­ally un­der­stand the in­for­ma­tion within your images. We’re not talk­ing about the im­age meta­data, but the places, names and even Wi-Fi pass­words de­picted in your pho­tos. It can then of­fer up in­tel­li­gent ways to deal with that in­for­ma­tion.

What is Google Lens is per­haps best an­swered with some ex­am­ples: take a photo of a router’s pass­word sticker and you’ll au­to­mat­i­cally con­nect to that net­work; snap a pic­ture of an un­known plant and au­to­mat­i­cally iden­tify it in Google search re­sults; pho­to­graph for­eign text for a trans­la­tion; take a photo of a the­atre bill­board and bring up the Google As­sis­tant to book tick­ets; or take a screen­shot of a phone num­ber and quickly bring it up in the di­aller to call it.

In­te­gra­tion with Google Pho­tos means even more in­for­ma­tion is avail­able af­ter the event, for ex­am­ple it can match your im­age to on­line data to work out what is that land­mark you pho­tographed ear­lier.

There are also some clever con­text-aware edit­ing tools: dur­ing the demo, Google showed how its new app could dig­i­tally re­move the links of a chain fence to re­veal a base­ball player stand­ing be­hind.

When is the Google Lens re­lease date?

Google Lens will be avail­able on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL first: the for­mer is out now and its big­ger brother avail­able on 15 Novem­ber. We ex­pect it to roll out to other phones that sup­port Google As­sis­tant later.

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