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Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Google Lens now available to all Android smartphones with Google Photos app

Google Lens now available to all Android smartphones with Google Photos app

Now, as far as the latest version of Android is concerned, we have known that the Google Pixel 2 lineup was the first to get released with the latest version of Android.

For instance, if you've snapped a business card, you'll be able to upload the person's details directly into your contacts. Google says that the tools are also coming soon to iOS users.

Google announced the launch of Android P in developer preview, with support for new features and APIs.

According to Google, the team also worked hard to address several of the top reported issues that came from user feedback.

Google Lens, the feature which allows the Pixel 2's camera to recognise and identify landmarks, objects, etc, is now going to be available on all Android phones via the Photos app. These features are part of the Google Assistant, where the camera is used to scan and identify the object or place.

Google Lens now available to all Android smartphones with Google Photos app
Google Lens now available to all Android smartphones with Google Photos app

Those phones got Oreo, but when P comes out in August or September they will be nearly three years old, so what Google is doing is at least consistent with its own policy.

Google wants to make sure that these new Android devices are fully supported in Android P, so it has added "display cutout" support and new APIs to properly render apps around the notch.

In Android P, users can expect messaging app notifications to become even more functional than what the current state is.

The internet giant began rolling out Lens within Assistant to Pixel phones set to English in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, India, and Singapore in November previous year. If you are using this kind of feature for the first time then it might appear a miracle to you as it can easily detect the monuments from an image, can detect the animal species, flower types, and what not. (As some commenters noted, it also looks basically like the Patreon logo.) As you scroll up and down, the colors change and the P gets bigger and smaller in a funhouse-like effect.

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