Google has started the rollout of Google Lens for all non-Pixel Android devices, and from the looks of it, the new function will be accessible via the Google Photos app.
First unveiled at last year’s Google I/O 2017, Google Lens was designed to provide users with additional information of objects and subjects through visual analysis. For example, users could point their phones at a barcode or QR code that contains Wi-Fi information, and the app would automatically connect itself to that hotspot.
When pointed at objects in the background (e.g. a building, a particular dish, etc.), Lens will automatically identify the history or origins of said object, as well as provide any additional and relevant details about it.
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
Google seems to be rolling out the update in batches, so if you haven’t received the update; don’t fret, and just be patient. iOS users may have to wait a little while longer, though, as it seems that Google is prioritising the Android ecosystem first (no surprise there).