Android folks rejoice as Google brings Lens to all Google Photos users


Google Lens is a feature that will allow more and more users to embrace their smartphones as discovery and learning tools.

The first preview for Android P is available for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. Google is also making sure that mic, camera, and all SensorManager sensors are not accessed when an app is idle for better privacy.

Google Lens is breaking out of the Pixel and landing on more Android phones with Google Photos. iOS coming soon.

Lens was first unveiled back in May previous year at Google's I/O developer conference.

The Android P Developer Preview one is now official and available to download for anyone that is looking to get their hands on the latest software from Google. Now, the company has chose to provide it as a feature to all Google Photo users on Android platform.

It means you'll be able to use your phone camera to translate foreign-language signs or menus, identify dog breeds, and learn about famous buildings or monuments.

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Lens basically works like a "smart" magnifying glass. If you take a photo of a business card, Lens can create a new contact with the information printed there. As far as the March security patch is concerned, the update comes with OPM1.171019.021 for Pixel series, OPM1.171019.021 for Pixel 2 series, OPM5.171019.017 for Nexus 6P and OPM5.171019.017 for Nexus 5X.

Google Lens can now identify buildings/landmarks, company logos, cat/dog breeds, text, paintings, movies, etc.

There's been a number of things discussed on this thread, and we have a quick update specific to the proximity sensor issues that some of you have been reporting.

The users will receive an update in the next few days, which enables them to use the Lens via Photos app. For instance, in our Google Pixel 2 XL, when asked to scan a photo of a Galaxy S9, it only shows the result as smartphone.