This might be the biggest Google Pixel 2 feature

The Google Pixel 2 series will be officially unveiled on October 4th, and while rumors say that a bezel-less Pixel 2 is not likely to happen, there might be one killer feature that will make the phone stand out from all the rest: Google Lens.

Just a few days ago, Google started rolling out a new version of its popular Google Photos app and in the code, developers found a fully functioning Google Lens integration under cover within that update that gave the camera some impressive super powers. Developers were quickly all over this new feature, but Google quickly noticed that it has - probably mistakenly - released Lens ahead of time and pulled a server-side switch that shut it down for the moment.

We expect that it might enable it again with the launch of Google's Pixel 2 phone. Google Lens is not limited to just that one phone and uses server-side magic to do its thing, but it might also become one of the signature features of the Pixel 2.

So what is Google Lens? It is a smart system on top of the vision provided by the camera: it will do things like recognize the object you are seeing through the viewfinder, recognize barcodes, books, movies, even paintings and so on.

Here is the full list of its capabilities:

Google Lens can identify:

  • Artwork
  • Barcodes
  • Books
  • Buildings
  • Landmarks
  • Media covers
  • Movies
  • Music albums
  • Paintings
  • Places
  • Points of Interest
  • Statues
  • Video games

Google Lens can perform:

  • Add contacts from a business card
  • Language translation
  • Look up product information
  • Open web addresses in your browser
  • Plant and animal identification
  • Save dates to your calendar from a poster

Google Lens uses machine learning to perform its magic and when shown at Google I/O we saw that when shown a flower, it - impressively - can recognize what kind of flower it is. And yes, it is a bit like Google Goggles of before, but more powerful.

We're looking forward to seeing more details about Google Lens, but we would not be surprised if those come on October 4th, along with the launch of the new Google Pixel 2.

reference: XDA Developers

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Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh



1. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

I hope The biggest feature of pixel 2 is actually being able to purchase it easily lol

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Agreed. One of its weak points was the poor availability. Let's hope this changes with the Pixel 2.

16. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Hopefully by using LG and HTC this time around instead of just HTC, they will be able to produce handsets in better volume.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

One can only hope.

32. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I hope so. You would think by now Google would have no issues with keeping their devices stocked.

34. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Damn good one ,


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Sounds like the old Google goggles to me

2. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

how about real features that we use on a daily basis ? like faster software .. way better cameras , 2 day battery life .. better and longer updates ...a headphone jack ..... you know ... things we really need

7. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

or a FPscanner.. /s

11. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

im serious .. its weird actually all these features that they are giving us are things that people barely use .... and they take away the most important things .. its like a mentally retarded unicorn is in charge of the smartphone divisions in this companies ....

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

While they are all good features that you mention, I am glad they will make Google Lens. I will most certainly use Google Lens if it comes out. Part of the features, like recognizing art/paintings and such were part of Google Goggles, which I regularly used on my travels. The translation by camera is already part of Google translation, which I use as well. And I am pretty sure with all the features Lens will bring, it will make people's life a little bit easier.

19. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

You can try some of Lens feature now. If you have google now, and give it permission to read what's on your screen, you can open your camera app, then launch google now, and say what's on my screen. If your default method of input for google now is the keyboard, an option on the bottom left of the screen comes up, and says "What's on my screen". It reads what's on the screen and gives you feedback. Not as fluid as Lens, but still allows the same functionality. Looking up bar codes, places, and things. Don't think it'll identify things though, haven't tried that.

22. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

its a nice things to have no doubt about it .. good for google , buy the day to day experience for the past 3 years have been the same , the essentials are barely improving .. this needs to change ... when you are training a sport team first you try to perfect the fundamentals then you polish their games ... this applies to everything even smartphones

25. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The Pixel already has one of the best performing cameras in mobile phones, and the software is already fast and in my own experience it's still performs as it did on day one. That's a first for me, as every phone I've owned has had some drop off since purchase. What do you mean by better updates? Less bugs? Then tell that to every other mobile OEM, including Apple (which version is Apple currently on right now?). Longer update period, yeah I'd like that, but currently they're limited by Qualcomm, as they only support their chips for 2 years. Once Google starts doing their own CPUs, longer support times will be possible. Having 2 day battery life is the exception not the norm, the number of smartphones that can do it number in the single digits, and I'd be surprised if the number was above 5. And the headphone jack, you can thank Apple and the people wanting to eliminate "old technology" simply because it's old. If you want to be mad at Google for the things you mentioned, then you're going to have to direct your anger at pretty much every other OEM as well.

3. farhanh

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Awesome, right moment to play this card :-)

4. zr2s10

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

"Save dates to your calendar from a poster" dammit, I had that idea 3 yrs ago! But I can't program, lol. I told my friend, who is a programmer about it, and he never did anything with it. I thought it would be great for posters, or when you get an invitation in the mail. Although, alot of people have been using Facebook invites anymore, to save on postage. I coulda been rich! lol

6. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Bixby Wink wink ......

8. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Google's googles is way older than bixby

12. bucknassty

Posts: 1372; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i remember when google came out about 10 years ago, some people thought it was dumb others thought it was cool but didnt know what to do with it.

27. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, I was one of the people that used it and didn't quite know what to do with it. I am excited for Lens, it's a very intuitive feature that will likely make things easier for people who are willing to retrain themselves to let the phone do stuff for them.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You mean Google Goggles?

18. bucknassty

Posts: 1372; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

yes... sorry, goggles

33. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

I've heard almost nothing positive about Bixby thus far. Google lens sounds revolutionary if it does work as intended.

9. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

The biggest feature would be a microSD slot but there won't be any.

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Might as well say biggest feature would br removable battery but there won't be any.

13. YeahYeah

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Sounds like google borrowed Bixby Vision from Samsung... Samsung are just too good.

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Like Bixby Vision borrowed it from other Google apps, like Goggles, Translate

23. YeahYeah

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Yes it borrowed but was it accurate like Bixby vision.. nope.. Samsung perfected. Thanks to Google..

28. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I can't comment on if Bixby is better, but I have never heard anything positive about the service in general thus far.

30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I hear different stories about the accuracy of Bixby Vision. Goggles worked 95% of the time for me, translation is still too literal at times.

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