Google’s radical new additions to Google Lens are starting to roll out to selected phones, along with an updated user interface.
According to a report in Android Police, some users are already receiving the new features accessible via five new modes designed to nudge Google Lens’s detection algorithms towards specific tasks. These modes include Auto, Translate, Text, Shopping, and Dining.
With Auto mode enabled, Lens will behave much as before, trying to make sense of whatever shows up in front of the camera, but the remaining modes draw specific attention to a raft of new Google Lens features revealed earlier this month at Google I/O.
These new features leverage the camera, computer vision and augmented reality to help you with your daily tasks and Google Lens benefits in several useful ways, providing “visual answers to visual questions.”
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Familiar to users of Google Translate is the ability to render text in your own language over printed words. This feature will now be incorporated into Google Lens with automatic language detection in over 100 languages, according to Google.
Similarly, when using Google Lens at a restaurant it can automatically highlight the most popular dishes as though they had been physically marked on the menu. Tapping on a highlighted dish will then pull up photos and reviews from Google Maps to help you make your choice.
The new Google Lens interface has, according to the report, been seen on some phones running Google 9.91 beta, as well as some Google Pixel and Samsung devices. However, the roll-out is currently being restricted by Google’s servers to a limited number of handsets.
Date: May 25, 2019