Google Lens rolling out in Google Photos for all Android users, here’s how to use it

Previously available only for owners of the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google’s AI camera feature, Google Lens is now available for more devices.

The feature is currently rolling out to Android users (and iOS users later on) and can be found in the Photos app.

During MWC 2018 last week, Google also said owners of flagship Android devices from Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Sony, and Nokia will also be able to access Google Lens through the Google Assistant in the upcoming weeks.

Well starting today users of Android devices can Lens in Google Photos. Lens is an AI-powered technology that uses your smartphone camera and deep machine learning (Google’s specialty) not only to detect an object but also understand what it sees.

With the lens, you’ll be able to do things like copy text, scan QR codes and identify famous landmarks.

We checked our OnePlus 5T and Elephone U Pro to see if the feature was available and there it was. However, our Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) doesn’t seem to have it yet.

Use Google Lens on your Android smartphone

  1. Download or update the Google Photos app on your Android device
  2. Tap the app and open an image
  3. Tap the Google Lens icon located in the middle-right part
  4. Let Google’s algorithms do their magic.

In our experience, Google Lens offered mixed results. It identified a famous landmark (the picture we took from the Internet) and a dog breed, but failed to recognize an Aloe Vera plant. On the other side of the coin, it was quick to allow us to copy text and to create a contact from a business card.

More features will be added in the future and Google will continue to work on improving Lens recognition for animals and plants.

Google notes it’s sending this update out in batches, so it might be a few days until you are able to use Lens on your Android.

Do you think Google Lens is a useful feature? If you’ve already used it, how did it work for you? Let us know in the comment section below.