Google Lens was first introduced at Google I/O 2017, but it has taken a long time for the feature to roll out to devices. For MWC, Google announced Lens for more devices through the Google Photos app. They also claimed the camera version would start showing up on “compatible flagship devices” and it looks like we’re getting our first batch. The Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, Note 8, and Galaxy S9 have all started to get Google Lens in Assistant.
The camera version of Lens is different than Google Photos integration. When you open Google Assistant, the Lens icon appears in the bottom right corner. Tapping it opens up the camera and you can simply tap items in the viewfinder to identify them. Google also lists a few suggestions, such as “translate this” or “remember this.” If Lens recognizes the items, you’ll see related information, links, or text you can copy. It’s pretty incredible when it works.
Check to see if you have Google Lens by launching Assistant on your Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, or Galaxy Note 8. If you don’t see the Lens icon in the bottom right corner, try signing up for the Google App beta in the Play Store. We don’t know which other “compatible flagship devices” will receive Lens in Assistant. There’s a good chance we’ll see it on LG’s top flagship phones as well. Hopefully, Google will roll it out to devices like the OnePlus 5 as well. Let us know if you have Lens in Assistant on your phone.
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