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Google Lens is invading the Pixel Launcher's search bar

Google Lens is invading the Pixel Launcher's search bar

We've known for a few months now that Google planned to add a Lens shortcut to the search bar in the Pixel Launcher, but it was unclear when or even if the icon would make its way to all users. It seems like it might be timed with the upcoming release of Android 12, as new sightings of the logo within the widget are starting to pour in.

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Google Lens wants to be your personal travel guide this summer

Google Lens wants to be your personal travel guide this summer

Google Lens is one of those features you can never go without or you've never used. Leveraging the power of search with your phone's camera, Lens allows anyone to look for information about any real-world object online just by snapping a photo. It seems like the feature is becoming more popular than ever, as Google has revealed some interesting stats regarding the platform, along with an all-new way to explore new areas when traveling this summer.

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Now it's even easier to translate text on Android

Now it's even easier to translate text on Android

Google Translate is a pretty slick tool, and the way that it's integrated with Google Lens for quickly applying it to text in photos is inspired. The latest tweak to the system on Android brings that functionality front and center. Users on Pixel phones are seeing an extra "Translate" action item in the pop-up screenshot menu, allowing them to get to Google Lens even faster.

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Google is bringing its first Lens feature to the web

Google is bringing its first Lens feature to the web

For better or worse, Google has been working on expanding its Lens features far beyond the reach of its dedicated app. While having to deal with added bloat in your favorite apps can be frustrating, occasionally, real improvements still manage to come from mixing software together. If you keep a host of screenshots and documents saved in the cloud, one of Lens's best features is coming to the web to make your experience a whole lot better.

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Google Lens translate feature spotted in Android 12 recents screen

Google Lens translate feature spotted in Android 12 recents screen

As far back as July 2019, we saw evidence that Google was preparing an easy-to-access translate feature in the recents/overview screen. This was finally announced by Google as part of December's Pixel Feature Drop, along with a similar feature for screenshots, but it's not appeared since. It now looks like it's finally showing up, although only in the latest Android 12 developer preview.

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New Google Photos interface tweaks make it easier to access Lens tools

New Google Photos interface tweaks make it easier to access Lens tools

The Google Lens tool is fantastic for quickly grabbing relevant info from photos. Now it's getting a little easier to use if you're a Google Photos devotee. Our readers have spotted a few new tools when you tap the Lens icon while viewing a single item in the official Google Photos app, or when you scroll down to use the more expanded photo info panel. It's hard to pin down when these features went live, but it appears to be within the last couple of weeks.

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Google Lens is getting a new icon, less than two years after the last redesign

Google Lens is getting a new icon, less than two years after the last redesign

Google Lens may be an incredibly handy tool that could as well have been science fiction just a few years back, but it looks like Google is having trouble sticking with one branding for its image analysis service. A new icon has popped up in one of our tipster's Google search bar that's more closely resembling a camera than the previous version, suggesting that many folks might find the old icon hard to understand.

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Google Lens hits 500 million Play Store installs

Google Lens hits 500 million Play Store installs

Google Lens has been around for a little over three years now, though it only became a standalone app in mid-2018. In that 2.5-year time span, the app has managed to hit 500 million downloads off the Play Store. That's not bad for a niche app that doesn't come pre-installed on anything.

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Google app tests Lens shortcut directly in the search bar

Google app tests Lens shortcut directly in the search bar

Google introduced Lens back in 2017 as a new way to provide contextual info on things you see. Since then, it's continued to evolve and add new features. There are a number of places to find Lens, including in Google Photos and the Google Camera app. Now Google seems to be testing placing a Lens icon directly in the search bar of the Google app.

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Google Lens translation coming to Assistant for KaiOS feature phones

Google Lens translation coming to Assistant for KaiOS feature phones

With Google’s backing, KaiOS has been able to deliver a host of smartphone-like apps and services to its feature phone users who aren’t just ready to make the jump yet. The devices running KaiOS have so far picked up support for popular apps like WhatsApp, YouTube, Google Maps, and even Assistant, although as stripped-down versions. Google is now enhancing the Assistant’s capabilities on the OS by integrating Lens’ camera translate mode, which works with a handful of Indian languages from the get-go.

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