Google Lens – An upgrade of Google Translate and much more?

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What is Google Lens and how does it work?

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Google Translate, Google Search, Google Assistant, Google Photos, Google Chrome are of some Google’s products and services related to Google Lens that ring a bell in the ears of numerous tech users but does Google Lens do as much as those? A tech user who is not conversant with such a product might ask, ‘’what is Google Lens?’’, ‘’How does it work?’’, “How can I get, activate or use Google lens in my Android or iPhone?’’

What is Google Lens?

Google Lens is an image recognition technology developed by Google, designed to bring up relevant information related to objects it identifies using visual analysis based on a neural network.

Google Lens – A smartphone and computer device camera technology app search tool

Google Lens is an AI-powered technology search tool that uses your smartphone camera and deep machine learning to not only detect an object in front of the camera lens, but understand it and offer actions such as scanning, translation, shopping, and others. Google Lens represents the cutting edge of camera technology and Google’s implementation of it.

It was first provided as a standalone app, later being integrated into camera apps of various Android phones (Android’s standard camera app).

How does Google Lens work?

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Knowing how Google Lens works arms you with the idea of how to use it in your mobile phone devices after you activate it. So, how does it work? – is a good knowledge question to ask

The Lens works by using more advanced deep learning routines in order to empower detection capabilities, similar to other apps like Bixby Vision (for Samsung devices released after 2016) and Image Analysis Toolset (available on Google Play).

Google Lens reveals detailed information about an object captured by your phone camera. It points your phone camera at an object, whatever object it might be, and then asks Google Assistant what the object you are pointing at is in order to provide the details about it and make further suggestions o how to get the best of the service of the object.

Google Lens Features

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Given that Google Lens represents the cutting edge of camera technology and Google’s implementation of it; there are constantly small updates and rumoured features for the app on the horizon.

With wide availability on Android devices and on iPhone too, there’s always something to discover with Google Lens both in uses and features.

This ‘text translate’ camera app offers a wide range of features such as scan a book cover to get reviews, summaries, and more info about it; scan texts from the real world; copying texts from photos, scanning QR codes; add an event to your calendar from flier, billboard, or anything that contains dates; saves contact details from a business card; gets historical facts, and other information about business places or buildings; learning of breeds, shapes of objects, and species of an animal, and many more.

Google Lens features ‘point and shoot’ service for automatic Wi-Fi Connectivity

Google Lens features a ‘point and shoot’ service with instantaneous Wi-Fi network connectivity. Now, with Google Lens, you can literally point and shoot.

‘Point and shoot’ service in Google Lens by taking a picture of the SSID sticker on the back of a Wi-Fi router, and automatically connects to the Wi-Fi network whilst typing it in your phone without reading out the password.

Online environment searches

One gets historical facts, open hours, and more info about buildings, bars, and different locations with Google Lens.

Google Lens features impressive search, detection, and recognition of characters, symbols, items, buildings, places, or detailed landmarks everywhere in your environment and surroundings within Google Photos. It lets me do an online search for what I see.

During Google I/O 2019, Google announced four new features. The software will be able to recognize and recommend items on a menu. It will have the ability to also calculate tips and split bills, show how to prepare dishes from a recipe, and can use text-to-speech.

Advantages and Benefits of Google Lens – What can Google Lens do?

Google Lens – Your Search, Recognition and Identification Camera Technology Tool

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Google Lens enables users to search, translate, and identify images and objects. Image credit: play.google.com

What can Google Lens do? Google Lens highlights some notable benefits and advantages. Apart from revealing the detailed information or identity of an object in its usage and serviceability, this  AI-powered technology search tool does a lot of other functions including ‘point and shoot’, text search, selection, and translation, shopping as well as both facilitating learn-at-home and work-at-home functionalities.

What we said right above – about pointing your camera to an object or image to get more info about it – is just the tip of the iceberg to what you can do with Google Lens as a tech tool.

Google Lens does Wi-Fi network connections

Google Lens can help you connect to a Wi-Fi network by scanning its QR code or password from the router’s sticker. That solves the problem of imputing passwords manually or even missing them several times in case of an incorrect password.

Smart Text Selection and copying

One of the striking features and benefits of Google Lens also includes its Smart Text Selection. Think of digitizing texts on paper? You can do it straight away with Google Lens. Just point your phone’s camera at the text, or choose an existing picture from your gallery, then highlight and copy the text. This is about camera app-text functionality to avoid typing and retyping texts.

Text reading, translation, copying, and searching

Besides copying the text to your phone, Google Lens can also read it aloud, translate it, copy it to your computer, or search it on Google.

Google Lens selects text to translate and translate text

When text is highlighted on pointing your phone camera to it, Google Lens copied the text to your phone. This feature and function help to collect and store valuable information for future retrieval and use. For example, pointing your phone at a Wi-Fi password and being able to copy/paste it into a Wi-Fi login screen.

Also, Google Lens translates text in both online and offline modes provided the phone is pointed at it. So, once you point your phone’s camera at the text, with the Google text translate plugged in, the text is translated live automatically before your very eyes.

Google Lens enables text search

One of the benefits of Google Lens is that it enables text search with ease. When a text is highlighted in Google Lens, Google search searches that text. This is handy if you need to look up a definition of a word, for instance.

Facilitation of provision of ‘near me’ services

One of the advantages of Google Lens is that it enhances the provision of ‘near me’ service. Google Lens facilitates many ‘near me’ services, impressively recognizing objects like a thumb up emoji, a hand, and others and centers like restaurants, clubs, cafes, hotels, and bars, and others presenting you with a pop-up window showing reviews, address details and opening times.

With your phone’s camera, you can get plenty of info about ‘near me’ objects and places of interest.

Enables easy shopping

Google Lens scans goods, items to shop for, or get similar products for them online and it identifies a piece of item or article like pair of shoes you think of you wish to buy while making reviews and accessing shopping.

Multi-Google apps integration

More so, Google Lens has been integrated into many Google apps like Google Photos, Chrome, Assistant, Camera app, Google Images, and others to make it more accessible. 

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Google Search vs Google Lens

Google Search is quite useful when you know the name of what you’re searching for. But what if you don’t know it – like names of buildings, flowers, or any object?  That’s where Google Lens comes in!

 And while I usually turn to Search when learning about new things, sometimes what I’m looking for is hard to describe in words.

How Google Lens serves as a tool for learning and working from home

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Working from home requires learning creative tech tools

While working from home benefits you more with flexibility in day-to-day life, offering the opportunity to work for companies online or offline remotely or the ability to pursue other interests, some work-from-home jobs require certain technical, artistic or creative skills like writing or design which require the use of certain tech tools or even certain academic or professional qualification.

Google Lens features a beneficial tool for getting things done while learning and working from home and becoming more productive and liberated.

Ways and how-to-use Google Lens as a learning and working from home tool

Google Lens search

Google Len search is a feature of the app that makes it possible for one to learn new things about an environment (home building, work, etc.) and to become more skilful, creative, productive and versatile even when working at home.

Google Lens copies text from paper or smartphone or computer laptop to another computer device

Google Lens can be quickly used to copy and paste text from paper notes and documents to your smartphones and desktop computer or laptop, or even on any other computer devices to save both energy and time.

How to use Google Lens to copy text from paper or on your mobile phone or computer laptop (devices) to another

2 steps on how to use Google Lens on your mobile phone or computer laptop

Step 1: From your smartphone or on paper, select text with Google Lens

Step 2: Tap “copy to computer” to quickly paste it on another signed-in computer device with Chrome.

This is an excellent tool for quickly copying legibly and neatly handwritten notes and pasting it on your computer laptop or device without having to retype them all.

The latest version of Chrome has to be used when copying text to your computer using Google Lens when devices to be signed into the same Google account.

Google Lens online helps to search for and learn new languages and words, learn them and solve homework questions or problems

Google Lens searches for a new language picks up a new language you want to learn at home and translates languages in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, and more than 100 other languages, by pointing your camera at the text.

Consistently, Google Lens online search facilitates learning and working from home using different languages.

The technology software tool can also be used to quickly lookup new concepts, select complex phrases, practice words or phrases that are difficult to say.  Select the text with Lens and tap the new Listen button to hear it read out loud, finally figuring out how to pronounce the word.

Google Lens scans homework questions papers or problem pages in a book and proffers solutions to them.

How to use Google Lens

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Google Lens: How old are we?

Having considered ‘How Google Lens Works’, we shall look into ‘How to use Google Lens’. In the use of Google Lens, the app detects an object in front of the camera lens, but understands it and offers actions such as scanning, translation, shopping, and others.

The tech software tool lets you search what you see, get things done faster, and understand the world around you—using just your camera or a photo.

To scan codes and barcodes

One of the advantages of Google Lens is in the scanning of QR codes and barcodes

To scan and translate text

Google Lens is used to translate seen words, save a business card to contacts, add events to a calendar from a poster, and copy and paste complicated codes or long paragraphs into a phone to save time.


To know what to order

Google Lens helps you see popular dishes on a restaurant menu based on reviews from Google Maps

To find the look you like


The camera-integrative standalone app can see an outfit that catches your eye like your perfect room furniture; find similar clothes, furniture, and home decor to the one you like.



To explore places in one’s environment

The software tool helps you explore and learn about landmarks, restaurants, and storefronts; see ratings, hours of operation, historical facts, among others.


To identify plants and animals

The image recognition app helps you find out what that plant is in your neighbour’s garden, or what kind of dog you saw in the recreation park.

Google Lens Online

Google is the world’s number one online search engine, with an iconic minimal homepage that is totally focused on search.

Google Search online is ‘Instant’, and results start appearing as you type. In the top-right of the page, you can change your preferences. Here you can choose your preferred language, filter explicit content, and more. Google online search’s settings are clear and easy to understand.

While the camera app can search both in online and offline modes, some Lens features require an internet connection.

Google Lens app for Android smartphones and Apple iOS

Google Lens app on Android

Google Lens has come to the majority of Android devices just as it is available on iPhone or iPad. The Google Lens app for Android phones can be download from Google Play Store. Click here to download

Android device users’ accessibility to the app, notwithstanding, there are some exceptions, such as the banned-from-Google-Services phones such as those from Huawei – so it’s worth checking on Google Play to see if you can get it. Click here to check.

Google Lens app on iPhone’s iOS

Google Lens can be gotten and accessed in an iPhone or Android phone via the camera app of the standalone Google Lens app. It is accessed for iPhone via the Google app.

This app covers a range of Google services that are native on Android devices but not limited to Android users

How to get Google Lens on an iPhone

Getting Google Lens on an iPhone requires downloading, installing, and using the app

Steps on how to get Google Lens on an iPhone

Step 1: Download the Google or Photos app on your iPhone. Just like on Android, the Photos app lets you scan and interact with an existing image on your iPhone, while the Google app gives you a live view of Google Lens from your iPhone’s camera.

Step 2: Install the app

Step 3: Move to the Google Lens section to grant permission for it to access your iPhone camera and off you go to use the tech search tool

Google Lens APK

And, if you don’t have access to the Play Store, you can grab the Google Lens APK file from APK Mirror and install it manually. Downloaded Google Lens APK enables users to download the Google app to use your device camera to discover more details about your surroundings. And thanks to the enormous database that the American tech giant boasts, the tool can recognize almost anything. Click here to get the APK download file.

Google Lens app

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Google Lens app. Image credit: play.google.com

Four latest features for the Google Lens app were released on the horizon during Google I/O 2019. The app is available to download. Click here to download

Google has a standalone app on Android for Google Lens if you want to get straight into the features. You can access Google Lens through a whole range of other methods, as detailed below.

In some Android phones, Google Lens has been directly added to the device’s own camera app. It might be in the ‘More’ section but will differ depending on the manufacturer and user interface.

Google Len app, like every other Google app, can be obtained from the Google app on both Android and iOS iPhone and IPad devices

One benefit of the standalone Google Lens app is that you can share an image with it from anywhere. That could be useful in a scenario where you need to visit a link printed on an image on WhatsApp, for instance.

How to download, install and use the Google Lens app

4 Steps on how to make use of the Google Lens app

Step 1: Download the Lens app. Google Lens is available in the Google app on Apple iPhone’s iOS and the Google Lens app on Android for downloads and the app shows up in the app drawer once it’s downloaded and installed.

Step 2: Open the Lens app after installation and grant Camera permissions.

Step 3: Point your camera at an object you want to gain knowledge of.

Step 4: Tap it on the viewfinder to know more about the object.

How to activate Google Lens on your IPhones iOS and Android Phones

Google Lens has come to the majority of Android users even for iOS-enabled devices for iPhone users after its back buster announcements back in 2017, exclusively featuring Google Pixel.

With wide availability on Android devices and on iPhone too, there’s always something to discover about it when you activate Google Lens.

Despite featuring a standalone app on Android for Google Lens, you can access Google Lens through a whole range of other methods, as detailed below.

How to get and access Google Lens on Android Phones and iOS iPhones and iPads

This attractive upgrade of the Google Translate tool can be gotten and accessed from your phone’s Camera app, Google app, Photos, Lens app, Assistant, Chrome, or anywhere for Android users, but not with the latest Google app. With that, you can access Google Lens anywhere, even without the Lens app.

For Apple iPhone users, the Google app needs to be downloaded and installed to have access to Lens on your device.

How to activate Google Lens on smartphones or mobile phones

You can get Google Lens and activate it on your phone via the following media apps:

1. Camera App
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Perhaps the fastest and organized way to activate and use Google Lens is via the Camera app on your phone. Now that Google Lens has expanded to many phones, many phone manufacturers are now integrating it into their camera app.

However, not all Android phones have this tool integrated into their Camera apps. In some Android phones, Google Lens has been directly added to the device’s own camera app. It might be in the ‘More’ section but will differ depending on the manufacturer and user interface.

It’s better off using it on your phone than adding it since it offers the same functionality as the Google Lens app.

How to check if Google Lens is in your smartphone: Steps

Step 1: Open your phone’s camera

Step 2: Find the Lens icon on the camera interface. You might need to open the “More” section on some devices.

2. Google Lens App

If they did not integrate the feature into your Camera app, get the Google Lens standalone app from the Play Store. It also takes the same approach as what you get on your camera app.

5 Steps on How to download, install, activate and use Google Lens App

Step 1: Download the Lens App from Google Play Store

Step 2: Install the downloaded Lens App. Once downloaded and installed, the Lens app will appear in your app drawer. Tap it and follow these steps to make use of it.

Step 3: Open the Lens app after installing it and then grant Camera permissions.

Step 4: Next, point your camera at an object you want to know.

Step 5: Tap it on the viewfinder to know more about the object.

Alternatively, if you don’t have access to the Play Store, you can grab the Google Lens APK file from APK Mirror and install it manually.

One benefit of the standalone Google Lens app is that you can share an image with it from anywhere. That could be useful in a scenario where you need to visit a link printed on an image on WhatsApp, for instance.

3. Google Assistant App

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Google Assistance. Google Assistant is an easy way to use your phone and apps, hands-free. Image credit: play.google.com

A user can also access Google Lens app functionalities through Google Assistance to find information about ‘near me’ objects. If you’re familiar with Google Assistant already, then tap the Google Lens button at the lower-right corner

3 Steps on how to get and use Lens via Google Assistant App

Step 1: Open the Google Assistant App

Step 2: Find and tap the Lens icon below the screen.

Step 3: Point your camera at an object or image, then tap to know more about it.

Tapping the Lens icon in Google Assistant takes you through to the same view you get directly in the Google Lens app.

4. Google Photos App

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A user can access Google Lens available in the Photos app if he wants to find more information about an existing picture on his smartphone.

Within Google Photos, Google Lens can identify buildings or landmarks, for instance, presenting users with directions and opening hours of businesses and shops. It will also be able to present information on a famous work of art or colossus monument, among others.

Steps on how to activate and use Lens via Google Photo App

Step 1: Open the Google Photos App

Step 2: Locate and open the image or picture you want to scan.

Step 3: Tap the Lens icon below the screen.

Alternatively, Google Lens might suggest what to scan on the image based on its context. For example, you might see “Copy text from image” below the picture.

The lens can identify buildings, copy texts, scan QR codes, or anything according to the context of the image.

5. Google Chrome Browser App

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Google Chrome. Image credit: google.com/chrome. With Google apps like Gmail, Google Pay, and Google Assistant, Chrome can help you stay productive and get more out of your browser.

If a user comes across an object (image) while surfing the web on Chrome Browser, he can easily find more info about it using Google Lens without taking a screenshot of it or send it anywhere.

You can scan the image right away using the Google Lens Chrome feature.

3 Steps on how to access Lens on Google Chrome Browser App

Step 1: Locate an object or image you want to explore on Google Chrome.

Step 2: Long-press the image or object

Step 3: Tap Search with Google Lens to get redirected to Google Lens where you can find more info about the image.

6. Image Search app

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Google Image search. Image credit: play.google.com. Google image search app makes earching for images faster and easier than ever.

You can also get Google Lens on any phone with an image search icon, accessible on images.google.com on mobile/tablet browser or via the Images tab on Google search.

The image recognition technology can be used to search for an image on Google and help get items similar to the picture.

5 Steps on how to get Google Lens on any phone with Image search:

Step 1: Visit google.com on a mobile browser, or tap the Images tab on Google Search

Step 2: Search for an image

Step 3: Tap an image from the search result.

Step 4: Tap the Google Lens icon at the top right of the image.

Step 5: Tap a part of the image to see a similar result.

Google Lens Cons – Problem with and Disadvantages of Google Lens

Google Lens is fast and clever, making you see and understand what objects are, but one of the disadvantages of Google Lens t is that it is not always accurate.

There are a number of different ways Google Lens may stop working that may not be due to design problems or disadvantages. The lens may simply not work the way it’s supposed to and identify objects within images, or it might not even start up and, instead, display an error message of some kind to the user – or one of half a dozen different things. In addition, there is a different cause behind each instance of Lens not working or having

problems.

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