Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Google Lens rolled out for iOS users

Google Lens rolled out for iOS users

Now, the company is peeking over the fence towards Cupertino, and giving its rival platform some of the augmented reality love.

After rolling out to more Android devices, Google Lens, the tech giant's AI-powered visual search feature is coming to iOS.

If you've been itching to try out Google Lens on iOS, now's your chance, because the tool is rolling out as part of Google Photos for iOS as we speak. For example, if you are in an art museum and you see a picture you aren't familiar with, you can snap a photo and Lens will feed you information right from Google. "Make sure you have the latest version (3.15) of the app", the company tweeted. To get Lens, you'll need Google Photos, as Lens operates inside of that app.

Google Lens to become available to iOS users in coming week

If Google Lens hasn't "rolled out" to your device yet, you'll see its "i" instead, as I did this morning. Photos of books offer up reviews and other information, while landmarks and buildings, paintings, and plants or animals search the internet for background details. If you own a Pixel phone, you can get Lens to identify what you're looking at before the shutter button gets pressed (it's in Google Assistant).

A flyer or event billboard: You can add that event to your calendar. There are various other scenarios where Google Lens can be put to test.

Google Lens debuted on Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices in October 2017, and users love it. Over time the AI underpinning the app will get more sophisticated - maybe analyzing your meals and counting calories, or something similar.

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