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Google Lens is coming to all Android phones
March 14, 2018, 1:28 pm

Google is officially rolling out Lens — the company’s visual search engine that can recognize what is in your images and can scan business cards — to all Android phones that have Google Photos app installed. Users of the app will now be able to scan things with their mobile and receive more information about the image, as well as create a contact from a business card or identify a landmark. Certain phones will eventually be able to access Lens through the Google Assistant, too, including flagships from Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Sony, and HMD / Nokia. Google says Lens is rolling out in batches, so you might have to wait until it comes to the turn of your mobile.

Google had announced the widespread launch of Lens at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week. While all Android phones with Google Photos installed will be able to run Lens, it is not clear when this feature would be added to iOS devices. Google says Lens is designed to make sense of the visual world, but eventually the app could develop into identifying and annotating all objects easily, which sounds kind of dystopian.

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