Searching for things using keywords has been pretty much the way it’s been done. However what if you wanted to search for something that you couldn’t really describe with words? That’s something that Google wanted to address when they announced Google Lens earlier this year, which is basically Google search except for images.
For those hearing about this for the first time, basically when combined with Google Assistant, users could point their cameras at objects and it will be recognized to identify objects or even to translate text, like menus or signboards when you’re traveling in a foreign country. Now according to reports posted on Reddit (via 9to5Google), it appears that the feature is now rolling out onto Google Photos for 2016’s Pixel handsets.
However before you get too excited, it should be noted that this rollout appears to be more of preview of the feature, meaning that it isn’t the full Google Lens feature yet. However from what we can tell, it will allow users to copy information like phone numbers, dates, and addresses, learn more about landmarks based on photos, as well as look up information on books, music albums, movies, artwork, and more.
The rollout seems to be for the 2016 Pixel phones, but it is expected to eventually find its way onto the Pixel 2 handsets and other Android devices in the near future.