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Google Lens Rolls Out to All Android Phones

All Android phones are now getting one of the Pixel 2’s most useful features: Google Lens.

The object recognition functionality built into Google Assistant was previously exclusive to Google’s Pixel phones, but is now rolling out to all Android devices that can run the latest version of Google Photos. If you don’t see a Photos update yet, don’t worry, it’s coming. According to The Verge, Google is also bringing Lens to iOS devices, though no word yet on the timeline for that launch.

With Google Lens, you’ll be able to turn images into action. A photo of a business card can be turned into a contact in your address book, a photo of a book can turn up reviews and a photo of a link can be turned into a shortcut to the web address without having to enter it in your browser.

To tap into Lens, open Google Photos and tap on the Lens icon. The options displayed will depend on the information Google gleans from your photo.

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Google is broadening the audience for Lens just as Samsung is making Bixby smarter on its Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices. Bixby Vision gains new features on the S9, including a shoppable makeup application filter, image-based language translation and calorie estimates for food photos. Bixby isn’t available on other Android devices.

We’re fans of Google Lens on the Pixel 2, but we haven’t tested it against Bixby Vision or tried the feature on a non-Pixel device. Stay tuned for those comparisons.

Caitlin is a Senior editor for Gizmodo. She has also worked on Tom's Guide, Macworld, PCWorld and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. When she's not testing out the latest devices, you can find her running around the streets of Los Angeles, putting in morning miles or searching for the best tacos.

  • sayadhussein
    I had a Motorola A1200, some 10 years ago which could capture from a pic of the business card into a contact. That was my party trick!
  • shawndugout13
    Bixby works well for the most part as of now on the Note 8 without Oreo update?? At work I can just point the camera at a business card and say scan this card and save it to my contacts and it's done.
  • egnin1
    according to other sources it's not rolling out to all devices... it's only going to be available to Orio and higher-end Samsung google pix and LG phones.. seen a few articles with all different kinds of confliction info... now I'm not saying it will or will not... not sure what story is correct.