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October 4, 2017

Google’s Lens visual search will hit Pixel phones this year

by John_A

Google may be unveiling the highly anticipated (and heavily leaked) Pixel 2 phones, Pixelbook and “Max” and mini Home speakers today, but the company also has new software up its sleeves. In particular, it showed off the new Lens feature, which is designed to pull up helpful information for whatever you point your camera at. The preview will roll out to Pixel phones later this year via the Assistant and the Photos app.

Google already teased the Lens tool at its developer conference earlier this year, and today we got a few more demos of what the software can do. You can point the Pixel’s camera at an email address on a flyer, and Lens will offer you options like “Send email,” “Create contact” and “Copy text.” Point the phone at a work of art, a book or an album cover, and you’ll get details on each item, such as its dimensions or author.

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