Google Releases Lens App as a Standalone on Play Store

Google App fans woke up to a pleasant surprise on Monday; the tech giant announced the release of the Lens standalone app on the PC Play Store. What is Lens, you ask? It’s basically a tool that works to detect particular objects within a camera-captured image using high-tech machine learning. The best part about Lens is that it comes as a part of Google’s Virtual Assistant and search engine products.

What is Google Lens and How Does It Work?

This App is a more advanced rendition of apps like Bixby Vision from Samsung and Google Googles.  Thanks to the Lens App, you can identify and name an object-like a butterfly for example- just by pointing your phone at it and then asking Google Assistant what it is. The app will go so far as to fully describe the object and even give you recommendations of where to find it in your area.

Google Lens will also enable you to connect with a Wi-Fi router by simply snapping a photo of its SSID sticker, which means no more passwords or usernames.

In addition, Google Lens will help you to find pubs, bars, cafés, clubs, restaurants, and will actually provide you with useful information on these establishments, like opening times, contact details and address, as well as customer reviews. However, the most impressive aspect of this app is its ability to recognize and identify objects and then make suggestions based on those objects.

For example, let’s say you point your phone at a glass of wine. The app will respond by recommending a variety of alcoholic beverages for you, and each selection will be accompanied by a detailed summary that tells you what the origins of that beverage are, how it’s made etc. Plus, it delivers quick results and actually recommends things that are relevant to the object that you took a picture of.


What Can Google Lens Do?

In addition to the features mentioned above, Google Lens recently had the following updates included in it:

  • Smart Text Selection: This function allows you to copy a certain text by aiming the phone’s camera towards the text and then paste it into a relevant field. You can use this feature to copy and paste a Wi-Fi password, for example, so that you don’t have to memorize it.
  • Smart Text Search:Using the same copy and paste functionality mentioned above, you can search for certain words and phrases on Google Assistant.
  • Clothing and Decor Search:Google Lens makes shopping easier, as you can use it to snap pictures of clothing items that you like in order to find out more about where to find it if there are similar items to it that you’d be interested in and so on. And you can do the same thing with décor accessories, furniture and so much more.
  • Search Around You:Google Lens can also help to improve your awareness of your surroundings by identifying the objects in your environment, like a dog that’s sitting on the couch, a candle on a mantle and even the titles and reviews of the books in your bookshelf.

The Release as a Standalone App

CNET and Droid Life report that the Lens app appears as a quick-launch icon on Android devices to enable easy functionality on devices that don’t have it integrated already. All you need to do is boot up the app and you’ll immediately see its viewfinder, which means that it’s ready to start working and identify objects.

True to form, Google has continued to work on the Lens app even after its released, and recently added another feature onto it which is called “smart text selection”, through which users can perform a wide variety of functions, from copying texts from an external object, providing better-quality UI and tools to improve your shopping efficiency as well.

While the initial Lens app was built to function on a select few devices (including Sony and One Plus smartphones and Pixel devices), Google recently announced that it has improved the app’s compatibility to include devices from 10 additional manufacturers, and these devices will come with in-built Lens app compatibility.

However, the app’s version which was released on Monday doesn’t seem to be compatible with a lot of smartphones, despite the fact that it’s available to download everywhere. For example, while the app is not compatible with the Nokia 7 Plus, Moto Z Play, Xiaomi Mi A1 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, it works fine on the Samsung Note 8. Plus, when you view the app on Google Play Store for laptop, you’ll find that an Android Marshmallow or above OS is part of the main prerequisites for being able to use this app on your device.

Although Google has been touting the Lens app for months now, many experts believe that it still needs a bit of work before it can be said to have reached maximum functionality. Then there’s also the fact that some of the app’s features might compromise your privacy, as it will give Google unfettered access to your life through your camera.


Google Podcasts Will Debut on Play Store Very Soon

As many of you may have noticed, Google has been slowly altering the functionality of most of its services and products in order to increase podcast accessibility. The goal is to substantially increase the number of people that listen to podcasts worldwide. When you take into consideration the fact that most podcast listeners access podcasts from iPhones, you realize that … Read more

How to Leave Reviews on Google Play Store

Google Play Store is the biggest platform where Android users can download apps. It’s estimated that there are about a billion Android users around the world. Android devices are one of the most popular and the Play Store download for PC is the only platform where these users can go and download their favorite apps. Google runs the Plays Store … Read more

More Than 700,000 Bad Apps Were Removed from Google Play Store in 2017

The Google Play Store has millions of apps. The apps are available for Android users and they are designed to accomplish a wide array of tasks. The reason why many people download apps from the Play Store is due to the assumption of safety. After all, you’d expect that Google with all the tech muscle would audit and assess every … Read more

5 Tips From Google On How To Build A Successful App

Simply sign in to Google Playstore and you’ll realize that there are thousands of apps in there. Some of them are probably raking hundreds or even millions of dollars of revenue. You’re probably thinking of building your own app and maybe have ‘a piece of the pie’. Well, if you are looking for tips, then you can always rely on … Read more

Google’s New Artificial Intelligence is Making Play Store Better

Google has recently deployed a Google Playstore update. The main goal of the update is to ensure a better experience for the users as they browse through the available apps and games. Also, the new Google Playstore update aims to filter out the bad or poor quality apps. Just like any other app under Google, Artificial Intelligence is at the … Read more

Google is Giving Away Android Apps Weekly

Giving Away

If you have a smartphone, odds are you’ve been in the app store to download one of the countless apps available to use on your phone.  Odds are, you also download the free apps, too. You see the apps you have to pay for, but you just can’t bring yourself to purchase them. No matter how cool or useful they … Read more

Google Play Books is Your e-Librarian

Google Play Books

Over half of America’s population says they read over 10 books every year.  28% of Americans say that they’ve read at least one e-book in the past year, and over 70% of publishers say that they publish e-books in addition to print books. Of course, with all these exciting reading choices available to us, it can be easy to get … Read more

Where to Score Some Free Google Play Downloads

Free Google Play Downloads

Part of being a savvy user in the golden age of technology is the ability to scrutinize products and services before actually spending money on them. This is why businesses offer free, no-strings-attached trial periods. That said, Android smartphone users face an inherent problem with Google Play Store. While Google Play Store and Apple’s iTunes store are neck and neck … Read more