Google has announced it is rolling out its super smart Google Lens camera feature to all Android smartphones.
The update means that you will be able to take a photo to translate foreign language signs or menus, or to find out information on a famous building, monument or object or even help identify a type of flower or dog breed.
Google Lens, which is already available on the firm’s flagship Pixel 2 smartphone, uses Google’s vast amount of data to help you identify things you take a photograph of and then provide information on that object.
“Rolling out today, Android users can try Google Lens to do things like create a contact from a business card or get more info about a famous landmark,” Google tweeted earlier this week.
Rolling out today, Android users can try Google Lens to do things like create a contact from a business card or get more info about a famous landmark. To start, make sure you have the latest version of the Google Photos app for Android: https://t.co/KCChxQG6Qm
Coming soon to iOS pic.twitter.com/FmX1ipvN62
— Google Photos (@googlephotos) March 5, 2018
Arguably the best feature of Google Lens is its ability to read text. Say you are in a restaurant and trying to read a menu in a foreign language, just take a photo of the menu and it will translate the text into English.
Take a photo of an address and it will give Google Maps directions to that location.
And that’s not all – take a photo of name and password located on the back of a router and it will automatically connect you to that Wi-Fi network.
Google Lens launched a little over five months ago but in that time it has improved greatly and it will only get better the more people use it.
How to get Google Lens
To use Google Lens you need to make sure you are running the latest version of the Google Photos app.
According to The Verge, Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, LG, Nokia and Sony will be among the first Android handsets to receive the new update.
Once Google Lens has been rolled out to your phone you will see a small magnifying glass icon in the bottom corner of the screen whenever you take or open a photo.
And it’s not just Android users that can benefit from this great feature.
Google has said that Google Lens will be available on iOS devices soon too.
You can download Google Photos from the Play Store.