Google Lens interesting new features – 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 search,” Lens is currently available for the majority of Android phones. In recent years Lens has gained quite a few features that are really clever. Here we look at some of the best Google Lens features and how to make use of them on your Android handset.
Google Lens trick #1: Copy text from the real world- Google Lens new features
Google Lens’s most potent power and the one I rely on most frequently is its ability to grab text from a physical document — a paper, a book, a whiteboard, or anything else with words on it — and then copy that text onto your phone’s clipboard. From there, you can easily paste the text into a Google Doc, a note, an email, a Slack chat, or anywhere else imaginable.
Google Lens trick #2: Send text from the real world to your computer
Let’s face it: Most of us aren’t working only from our Android phones. If you need to get some real-world text onto your computer, Lens can handle that, too.
Just go through the same steps we did a second ago, but this time, look for the “Copy to computer” option in the panel at the bottom of the screen. As long as you’re actively signed into Chrome with the same Google account on a computer — any computer, whether it’s Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chrome OS — that option should appear. And when you tap it, you’ll get a list of all available destinations:
Google Lens trick #3: Hear text from the real world read aloud
Maybe you’ve just been handed a long memo, a printed-out brief of some sort, or a letter from your dear Aunt Sally. Whatever it is, give your eyes a breather and let Lens read it for you.
Just point your phone at the paper, exactly as we did before, and tap that document icon once more. Select whatever text you want — and this time, look for the little “Listen” option in the bottom-of-screen panel.
Tap that bad boy, and the Google Lens app will actually read the selected text out loud to you, in a soothingly pleasant voice. Hey, Google: How ’bout a bedtime story while we’re at it?
Google Lens trick #4: Interact with text from an image
In addition to the live stuff, Lens can pull and process text from images — including both actual photos you’ve taken and screenshots you’ve captured.
That latter part opens up some pretty interesting possibilities. Say, for instance, you’ve just gotten an email with a tracking number in it, but the tracking number is some funky type of text that annoyingly can’t be copied. (This seems to happen to me way too often.) Or maybe you’re looking at a web page or presentation where the text for some reason isn’t selectable.
Well, grab a screenshot — by pressing your phone’s power and volume-down buttons together — then make your way over to the Google Lens app. Tap the square-shaped photo icon in the app’s upper-right corner, select the screenshot you just captured, and then select the text you want.
From there, you can copy the text, send it to a computer, or perform any of Lens’s other boundary-defying tricks. Speaking of which…
Google Lens trick #5: Search for text from any physical document or image
After you’ve selected any manner of text from within the Google Lens app, swipe your finger toward the left on the row of options in that bottom-of-screen panel — the one with “Copy text,” “Copy to computer,” and so on. You’d never realize it from looking, but even more options are hiding to the right of those initial choices.
One of ’em is the simple but supremely useful “Search.” (And sometimes, Lens will even put related results right there in that bottom-of-screen panel, without any additional searching required.) Keep that in mind as a super-easy way to get info on any text from any physical document or captured image without having to manually peck in the words on your own.
And on a related note…
Google Lens trick #6: Create a calendar event
Anytime you see something with a date involved — a flyer, a billboard, an appointment card, or even a physical invitation to your dear Aunt Sally’s weekly canasta game — save yourself the trouble of typing the info into your digital calendar and instead just open up the Google Lens app.
Aim your phone’s camera at the paper and then tap on the date. Lens should give you a “Create calendar event option” at the start of its bottom-panel choices, and tapping it will beam the info right over to your preferred calendar app so you can tweak it as needed and save.
Google Lens trick #7: Save someone’s contact information
If you find yourself holding a business card and thinking, “Well, blimey, I sure as heckfire don’t want to type all of this into my contacts app,” first, congratulate yourself on the excellent use of blimey — and then sit your beautiful person-shell back and let Lens handle the heavy lifting for you.
Open Lens, point your phone’s camera at the card, and tap on the person’s name. The Google Lens app should recognize the nature of the info and prompt you to add a contact.
One more tap, and it’s done.
Google Lens trick #8: Email, call, text, or navigate to a website
Got an address or number you need to get onto your phone for a specific sort of action? It could be on a business card, on a letter, or even on the front of a door. Whatever the case, just open the Google Lens app, point your phone at it, and tap the text. (Or, option B: Snap a photo of the info in question and then pull it up in the Lens app later.)
What is Google Lens?
Let’s say you head down towards a local restaurant and want to know its ratings and menu. Would you as a user prefer to type the name of the restaurant? Wouldn’t you rather aim your camera at the restaurant and let the app do the hard work. And lens won’t just recognize which restaurant it is, it’ll also showcase Google’s restaurant ratings and other relevant info (“hours” and “menu”) right there on the screen.
Google Lens trick #9: Get to Lens without lifting a finger – Google Lens new features
Last but not least, a bit of a meta tip: When you want to open the Google Lens app in a hurry, skip the usual swiping and tapping and instead say: “Hey, Google: Open Google Lens.” Your friendly neighborhood Assistant will happily oblige.