Google Lens was first introduced as a Pixel-exclusive feature in 2017, and it was later made available to all Android and iOS devices via Google Photos a few months later, in 2018. Google has now added a Lens button to its home page’s famous search bar.
Google Lens homepage image search: Features
- Google Lens attempts to provide information about what is in the image.
- If you scan a picture of a product, you’ll get shopping results.
- If you upload a picture of a plant or animal, Google will try to figure out what it is by comparing it to other pictures.
There are several other built-in features as well. You can copy and even translate text from an image if you scan it. Scanning a QR code will provide you with information about it. Google also gives you a link to do a reverse image search to find out where the image came from.
This feature, an easy-to-access version of Lens, could become a very useful image multi-tool.
Rajan Patel, Vice President of Engineering, at Google commented on the announcement.