Google Lens to be integrated in Assistant on Pixel and Pixel 2 phones in coming weeks

Google confirmed that it will roll out the visual search assistant as part of an update to Google Assistant

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    • Google Lens will roll out as part of an update to Google Assistant
    • It will be available on Pixel & Pixel 2 devices over the coming weeks

Google’s artificial intelligence powered Google Lens will arrive in all Pixel and Pixel 2 devices soon. Google in a blog post confirmed that it will roll out the visual search assistant as part of an update to Google Assistant on Pixel units in the coming weeks.

Google Lens which was unveiled in May at the company’s annual I/O developer conference made an appearance again at the Pixel 2 event in October this year. The visual search engine basically lets you point the smartphone’s camera at an object and utilises computer vision and machine learning to identify that object in real-time.

While Google Lens can recognise plenty of objects, Google says that it will be able to identify text and help users to save information from business cards, save a URL from a poster, call phone numbers and navigate addresses. With the Google Assistant, it will be able to render relevant information about landmarks and even movies, art, books by simply pointing the camera to either a film poster, book cover or museum.

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Further, Google Lens will also be able to look up barcodes or scan QR codes with the Assistant. The Lens will come as a built-in feature of Google Assistant to Pixel (Review) and Pixel 2 phones which are set to English in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, India and Singapore over the coming weeks. Google in its blog post mentioned that once Pixel and Pixel 2 users receive the update, they will be able to access it by clicking on the Google Assistant and tap the Google Lens at the bottom right corner.