Google Lens update changes UI design, adds smart text selection

Google Lens update changes UI design, adds smart text selection
Google Lens is getting one of those rare important updates that meaningfully changes the app to offer users a much smoother experience. The update has been prophesied by Google earlier this month at the I/O 2018, so if you've been in the loop with all the important news coming from the annual conference, then you probably have heard of it.

The update is slowly rolling out to Android users as of this week, but it might take a while to reach all devices. The most obvious change is a complete redesign of the UI, which basically reorganizes the Lens' elements. Also, a new menu has been added – “Tap on objects and text,” which shows Lens users what objects and text the camera can identify.

The update also introduces some AR (augmented reality) features, such as the real-time search capability where you can get real-time information about the objects that appear in your camera scope.

Smart text selection is another brand new feature that finally made it to Google Lens, along with the ability to search for the same type of items. All the new features mentioned seem to be delivered via a server-side update, so there's no need to look for a particular update to download.

source: 9to5Google

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4 Comments

1. cleatglitch

Posts: 162; Member since: May 25, 2013

ok...i was like looking into google play...the app hasn't been updated since 2014

2. bambamboogy02

Posts: 837; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Read the last sentence in the article. Server-side update.

3. akita256

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

I can't even find it in the app store. Did they remove it to update it?

4. bambamboogy02

Posts: 837; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Its a part of Google Photos, and has a button for google lens to analyze the picture. [On the Pixel XL]

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