Google Lens is an image recognition technology developed by Google that uses a phone’s camera to identify objects in the real world. Dubbed “the future of research,” Lens is currently available for the majority of Android phones. In recent years, Lens has acquired a lot of really smart features. Here we take a look at some of the best features of Google Lens and how to use them on your Android handset.
How do I access Google Lens on my device?
Most of the new Android phones integrate Lens with the camera app. You’ll need to take a photo first, then open the image using the Gallery app and look for the Goal icon (pictured below), which can be located at the top or bottom of the screen. , depending on your phone model.
Now that you know how to access Google Lens on your device, let’s take a look at some of the tricks it can perform.
1. Filter new places
The new Places filter recently appeared in the Lens app and sits between the Shopping and Dining options. Using the Places filter, Lens will immediately display the name of a building of interest along with additional options such as Find, Save Place, Share, Call and Locate in Google Maps.
The filter is accessible through the app and the Google Assistant, but not the Camera or the Photo app.
2. Word translation and text pronunciation
The ability to translate text using Google Lens was available for a while, but this year the service also gained the ability to speak text. This feature is intended to help people who are learning new languages as well as children who are just learning to read.
To use this filter, all you need to do is place your camera in front of a book, newspaper, or other surface that contains a word that you want to translate or whose meaning you want to find.
A dot will appear next to the highlighted white word or text on the screen. Click this point to capture an image of the highlighted text. You can now click on any word in the text to highlight it in blue, at which point you will see a list of options for interacting with the selected word.
Find the “Listen” option in the menu that appears below and tap it to hear the text.
Users can also use Lens to get explanations of various words and phrases if they are listening in a foreign language. Just use the blue cursor to select the word or phrase you want to understand and hit translate.
3. Homework help
As more and more children study at home, Google Lens can now help solve math problems.
Find a math problem you’re having trouble solving and point the phone at it using the Homework filter. Lens will promptly offer the answer. If you want to understand the steps required to resolve the issue, just tap on the “Fix” option. Note, however, that the option may not be available for every equation.
Additionally, Lens pulls alternative solutions from the web and similar problems to ensure that students truly understand the reasoning that leads to the correct result.
4. Turn handwritten notes into text
Another thing Google Lens can do is turn your handwritten notes into text (on your computer).
There are a few requirements for this to work: You must have the latest version of Chrome on your computer and be signed in to Chrome with the same Google Account you have on your phone.
Once you’ve made sure that’s the case, go get your handwritten notes.
Point your phone at the handwritten notes, wait for the text to be recognized and press “Select All,” then select “Copy to Computer” from the menu that appears below. Choose the PC where you want to see your notes.
On your desktop, open Google Docs in the Chrome browser, tap Insert or Ctrl + Vand your text should appear. For this to work perfectly, make sure your notes are written legibly. Also check the results to eliminate any errors, as the functionality is not perfect (as you can see in the screenshot below).
5. Quickly access restaurant reviews and ratings
It’s a nifty little trick that you can use, especially if you’re in a new city and unfamiliar with local hotspots. Wondering if you should stop for lunch at a particular restaurant? Point your phone at the restaurant logo and it will immediately show you a series of Google reviews that can help you decide whether to stay or continue your search.
You also have access to a few more options from here, including the ability to quickly open the restaurant’s page in Google Maps. This way you can also check out the restaurant’s ‘menu highlights’ and see if anything is right for you.
6. Read book summaries
Students can use Lens to get a quick summary of the book (via Wikipedia) simply by pointing their phone at a book cover. Moreover, Google will also show you if you can also read the book (via Google Books) or download it for free.
From the summary card, users can easily navigate to tabs such as Characters, Reviews, and others by author, in order to quickly and efficiently get to grips with the book.
7. Parcel tracking
Position the camera lens in front of a package’s shipping details and turn on Google Lens.
Wait until the details are highlighted, then click on the dot that appears on the screen.
You will see the URL for the USPS tracking page, which you can click to track the progress of your package shipping.
8. Add business contacts
Hold the business card in front of the camera lens and activate Google Lens.
Wait until the writing on the card is highlighted, then click the dot on the screen.
Card details will appear at the bottom of the screen with the option to go to the company website or save the details to your phone’s contact list.
If the business is listed online and on Google Maps, you will also see the option to find the business on the map.
9. Look for details about random objects
Aim the camera screen at any object you want to learn more about. It can be anything from a painting to a plant or an animal.
Google Lens will analyze the data, identify the object, and provide you with a ton of online resources to learn more. You can get the news at a glance or go to Google to dig deeper by finding an authoritative website.
10. Add events to Google Calendar
Point the camera lens at a ticket to an event you will be attending.
The ticket details will be highlighted and an option will appear below the screen to add the date and time of the event to your Google Calendar for a reminder.
As you can see, Google has done a great job adding a lot of features to Google Lens. If you want to play games, you can also check out some of the best hidden Google games.
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