Google Camera on the Pixel 3 will have integrated Google Lens capabilities

Google Camera on the Pixel 3 will have integrated Google Lens capabilities
Unlike other phone makers, Google decided to keep a single camera on the back, focusing instead on improving the software behind it

Another day, another leak of Google’s upcoming Pixel devices. This time the smartphone in question is the smaller brother of the now infamous Pixel 3 XL, but we’re sure that it too will have the new feature. While we already saw some of the improvements of the Camera app, this one is something different.

A YouTube video (now removed), posted by the @IshanAgarwal24 on Twitter, shows a business card put in the viewfinder of the Camera app of what according to the leaker is the Pixel 3.The app then recognizes the e-mail address printed on the business card in real time (without a picture of it being taken). After the e-mail is extracted, the app allows you to tap on it and opens the Gmail app, so you can quickly write an e-mail. You can also just copy the e-mail address to use it another way.

From this we can extrapolate that the new Pixel phones will have the Google Lens functions embedded right into their Camera app. While that makes perfect sense, currently the AI recognition features are only available through the dedicated Google Lens app. This makes it a bit clunkier to use, considering smartphones have all sorts of quick ways to launch the camera but rarely have the same for a dedicated app. It’s likely that there will be a toggle for the Lens functions within the Camera app, otherwise people might find it annoying to get suggestions while trying to take a photo of something.

Pixel phones are on the cutting edge when it comes to cameras, and the combination of Google’s ever-improving AI and the more convenient integration, can lead to a big bump in Lens usage. This will make the function even better since it improves from user input.

If the new features will remain exclusive for the Pixels or other Android phones will be able to take advantage of them remains to be seen, but the wait won’t be too long, the Pixel 3 and its XL brother are coming October 9th.

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10 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 3015; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This is awesome. None of that dual camera nonsense or whatever that monstrosity Nokia has going on with that new phone that they keep delaying. This is why the Pixel phones have the best cameras on any phone.

6. rsiders

Posts: 1863; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

No the Pixel phones have the best cameras because of software. Software still does not make up for lack of flexibility that telephoto and wide angle lens have. Plus if you throw the Google camera mod on any other flagship device the Pixel phones lose just about every advantage. The Pixel line would be even better with an extra lens AND their excellent software processing.

7. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

It's not only the software, but the hardware as well. They go hand in hand. Remember the Pixel 2's have a 3 trillion operations per second AI processor as well as an excellent camera. You make it sound like it's only software.

8. rsiders

Posts: 1863; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

It's mostly software though and I know this because of what the Google camera mod does to non Pixel phones that aren't even optimized to take advantage of the Google's processing. Yes hardware plays a part but watch any comparison video of other flagships with Google's camera software magic working on it and get back to me.

9. Venom

Posts: 3015; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No, it's a combination of hardware AND software. Maybe you should brush up on your smartphone education.

10. rsiders

Posts: 1863; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Once again I said mostly software which like I said if you out the same software on competing phones somehow the cameras are significantly better. So if the common variable being the same software but different hardware(based in actual tests and not just for argument sakes) and getting very close to the same results, what would you say is playing a major role? Please come back to me with examples and not just your opinion.https://youtu.be/fWVb-_jjLz0

2. Whitedot

Posts: 704; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Killer camera experience coming again. I wish I could find amazing looking case to hide the phone on the night out.

3. KickRocks

Posts: 262; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I'm sure Google will have a great camera but the lackluster overall design, BIG NOTCH and really no other significant improvements, can't really see it being knocked outta the park

4. Subie

Posts: 2275; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

All rumors for the pixel 3 suggest there will be no notch.

5. phonedroid

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 15, 2017

Thats the problem, no doubt it will have a great camera but it will also have only 4gb of ram, a smaller battery, and once again copy an apple design que. Make fun of the removal of a headphone jack then the next year you do it. Notch display then next year you do it. The processor will be old news very soon. I have owned the og pixel xl and pixel 2 xl, I was really excited when the first one came out. Finally a real flagship by google, then 2xl was dissapointing with removal of headphone jack. It just showed they lacked direction. When ever google perfects something they either stop or rename the service or product. They just disapoint me, my pixel 2xl has become very slow at times and this new phone is pretty uninspired.

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