Google showed off the second developer preview of its Android O software at Google I/O, but that wasn’t all the event had to give. The company also announced a new technology. It is called the Google Lens and it will change the way we feel about taking pictures forever. Until now, cameras could only take pictures and record videos. Of course, some cameras were able to capture more detailed images with vivid colors and amazing clarity, others could not. However, no matter how beautiful the pictures, the camera didn’t actually know what it saw. Now, with the Google Lens that changes. Thanks to this camera app, your camera will not only see what ou see, it will also understand what it is pointed to.
Of course, some people might say this is a useless app because we already know what we have in front of our eyes, we don’t need our smartphones to tell us what we see. The Google Lens, however, won’t only tell users what it sees. It is also able to offer details about the item in front of it. For example, if users point their cameras to a plant in a botanical garden, the app won’t only recognize it is a flower, it will be able to identify its kind. Also, it can recognize labels, barcodes, businesses and it can even translate text based on a photo. The next time a user would like to go into a restaurant, they can snap a picture of its banner and then find out everything there is to know about the business through the Google Lens. The app will recognize the business and provide its rating, reviews and much more.
The cleverness of this app doesn’t stop here. If users will point their cameras towards a sign written in a foreign language, the Google Lens will be able to tell them what it says. If this feature won’t prove to be extremely useful for travelers, then we don’t know what would. Also, the Google Lens is able to identify WiFi networks only by seeing the router’s sticker. The camera app is so great that it will recognize from the image that it is a wireless network and it will offer users the possibility to only tap a button and connect to it. Given the complexity of some WiFi passwords, not having to type them in could save us a lot of time.
The camera app on its own is extremely interesting and interactive. Google plans on making it even more fun. The tech giant will integrate the Google Lens into Google Assistant. There will be a new button in the Assistant app that will allow users to launch the Google Lens. After doing this, users will be able to add pictures to their conversations with the Assistant. This way, users will not only find out more about the items in front of them, they will also be able to take notes, make calendar entries, set appointments and more.
Also, being a camera app, after all, the Google Lens will also be able to clean up images. It can do this quite well. According to Google, the app will even be able to remove certain items from a picture in order to make it better. Of course, we already could alter pictures thanks to Photoshop- like programs, but this will be different. The app will know what items it should remove in order to deliver the perfect shot. Unfortunately, we don’t know yet when the app will become available. However, Google did say that it will arrive soon. Maybe we will be able to use the Google Lens on our summer holidays this year. Just imagine your smartphone camera identifying all the interesting objects and living beings around you. How cool is that?
Source: Tech Insider