Monday , May 14 2018

Google is rolling improved Lens functions out through Photos – but it’s not live yet

Since being launched along with the Google Pixel 2 phones last year, Lens has been growing in both functionality and reach. Today, Google has announced a couple of new features are going live in the Photos app – but they may not be quite ready yet.

The announcement from the Google Photos Twitter account, says that you’ll soon be able to create a contact from a business card, and get information about landmarks you’ve photographed:

After a few trials it appears that the feature isn’t quite live for most phones – though it does work on the Pixel phones. We’ve done some tests on the HTC U11, OnePlus 5T and Note 8 with all three failing, despite having the latest version ( of Google Photos installed.

The function is pretty neat, though depending on the font of the business card it may be a bit hit and miss. If you’re on a Pixel try it now if you have the latest version of Google Photos, or if you’re on any other device you may just have to wait a little longer.

Google Photos
Google Photos
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
Source: @googlephotos.

Daniel Tyson   Editor

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2 Comments on "Google is rolling improved Lens functions out through Photos – but it’s not live yet"

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Got it on my S8.

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I noticed this today on my Moto g5+. Had a pic of the back of a box and it gave me a text selection/OCR of it. Worked pretty good

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