Tuesday , June 5 2018

Some lucky Pixel and Pixel 2 phones are seeing the arrival of Google Lens in Google Assistant

Google wowed a lot of people earlier this year at Google I/O when they announced and then demonstrated Google Lens. We saw it roll out to Google Photos to some users in recent weeks and now some more lucky users are seeing it appear as an option within their Google Assistant interface.

Google Lens uses deep learning routines and neural networks to detect and identify objects, landmarks and improve OCR accuracy within photos and images. A few weeks ago we saw a Googler tweet that Lens was being added to Google Assistant “in a few weeks”. True to their word it is beginning to arrive on some Pixel and Pixel 2 phones.

According to screenshots captured by those fortunate enough to have received this rollout already Lens is integrated into the Google Assistant interface where activating the Google Assistant interface shows the Lens icon which can be tapped to access the camera. Once the image in the viewfinder is taken by tapping on the display Lens automatically begins searching for a match to the image and results of the search are displayed at the bottom of the display.

At this stage all of Ausdroid’s Pixel and Pixel 2 phones have not been lucky enough to receive this update but we assume (and hope) that it will be arriving on our devices soon. Has it arrived on yours yet? Let us know below.

Source: 9to5Google.

Scott Plowman   Associate Editor

Scott is our modding guru - he has his finger on the pulse of all things ‘moddable’, pointing us towards all the cutting edge mods hacks that are available. When he’s not gymming it up, or scanning the heck out of Nexus devices, you'll find him on the Ausdroid Podcast.

Outside of Ausdroid, Scott's a health care professional and lecturer at a well known Victorian university.


  1. Is the Lens only for Pixel/Pixel 2 phones? Am I likely to see this feature on my Nexus 6P?

  2. Well I’ll be damned…there it is! My first-gen Telstra-issued Pixel has it. I hadn’t even noticed the soft grey icon until the article prompted me to check. Currently sitting on a bus and pointed it at my OPAL card. Yep – it knew what was going on there.

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