Google Lens coming to more Android and iOS devices

Google Lens was first announced at the I/O 2017 event last year and since then it was only available in Google Photos and in Assistant for Pixel phones. However, Google today announced that Google Lens will roll out to more Android and iOS devices running on latest Google Photos app in the coming weeks. Lens will be available to all English-language users using the latest Google Photos app. Google also mentioned that English-language users on compatible flagship devices will get the camera-based Lens experience within the Google Assistant in the coming weeks. The company says it will add support for more devices gradually. Google Lens allows you to scan your photos for landmarks and objects and fetch more details, all within the same screen. Moving past the compatibility cycle, Google says that in the coming weeks it will add support for recognizing common animals and plants, like different dog breeds and flowers making it easier to search and take action on what you see. Along with Google Lens, the company has also made some major ARCore announcements along with support for more devices. Source
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Google Announces ARCore, the Android Equivalent to ARKit, and Updates to Google Lens

Last summer Apple announced ARKit at WWDC which rolled out along side iOS 11 in late September. By now everyone with a capable device has probably fiddled around with at least one game or app that uses ARKit in some way. I’ve found augmented reality games to be exceedingly gimmicky but apps like AR MeasureKit [Free] have been super useful in day to day diddling around with DIY projects at my house. Well, Google is playing catch-up with Apple with today’s announcement of ARCore, Google’s augmented reality SDK for Android.

It stands to reason that the release of ARCore means we might see more augmented reality stuff, as these days releasing a mobile app or game is all about blasting it out to as many devices as possible. According to Google, ARCore works on 100 million Android smartphones out in the wild, with “advanced” capabilities available on 13 super-recent Android devices like the Pixel 2, Galaxy S3, and similar. I’ve been digging around in the ARCore documentation to try to figure out just what “advanced” capabilities are specifically but haven’t found much. Hopefully once developers start digging into actually implementing this we’ll get some clarification.

Potentially more interesting when it comes to general purpose use is the updates to Google Lens which in my opinion is one of the coolest things Android does right now. Basically, it uses all sorts of fancy image analysis to to recognize text and all sorts of other things inside of photos you take to make finding them easier. With the Google Lens update it will recognize even more things. Google specifically mentions that soon it will be able to identify specific dog breeds in photos, types of flowers, and more.

This sort of thing feels like science fiction to me, as I have so many photos on my iPhone that are just lost in my camera roll. Being able to search for things like “photos with dachshunds” or similar is a killer feature I’m super excited for.

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Google Lens expands to all Android and iOS devices through Google Photos, flagships get it in Assistant too

Google Lens became available for the Pixels last year, and it’s now following in the footsteps of the Google Assistant – namely, a period of exclusivity for the company’s own smartphones is followed by a much wider release. Google has announced that, in the coming weeks, Lens will be available to all English-language users of Google Photos who have the latest version of the app on Android and iOS. But wait, there’s more! If you happen to own a compatible flagship device, you will also get the camera-based Lens experience within Google Assistant. Unfortunately Google hasn’t named…

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Google Lens now rolling out to more devices

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Google Lens, a machine learning-powered image analyzer, was first announced at I/O 2017. It currently exists in both Google Photos (to scan existing photos) and Assistant (to scan in real-time), but both methods have required a Pixel phone. Alongside some ARCore announcements, Google revealed that Lens would be rolling out to more Android devices and make an appearance on iOS.

Lens in Google Photos will soon be available to all English-language users on both Android and iOS.

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