The apps that are catching our attention.
We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to mobile apps, we’re not exaggerating… we’re talking an average of over 6000 new mobile applications released each day -that’s through the Google play store alone.
As @Megan_YC, has discussed in the past, mobile apps form an integral part of our daily lives. Some apps are purely intended for fun, like SUPERMOJI (who doesn’t love a good face filter in the form of a horse, or Grim reaper), others help us with deal with the monotony of everyday tasks, such as banking.
Then there are those apps that give us a taste of what the future of tech has in-store. Google Lens is one of those apps.
The way we search for information is in a state of constant change. Voice search is still gaining traction amongst consumers, but thanks to Google’s choice to expand Google Lens to an increasing number of Android phones, we’ve been given another brand-new way to search.
What is Google Lens?
To put it simply, Google Lens scans the information around you, giving you contextual information about your surroundings.
The technology relies upon your smart-phone camera. Using the camera on your handset, Google Lens can scan a product, animal, text or something else in your environment and tells you what that object is. Want to know the know breed of cute dog that just pranced by? Easy, point your camera and let Google perform its magic.
Here's what happened when we shot a photo of our desk plant.
What can you do with Google Lens?
There’s a whole heap of things you can accomplish with Google Lens. Here’s a couple of highlights:
Become in a connoisseur in the arts
So, you’re in the midst of your spring cleaning, maybe it’s time to sort through the junk in the shed that’s been gathering dust for years. But wait a minute, you’ve just stumbled upon would could be a priceless piece of art. There’s only one way to be sure. Point your camera and let Google tell decide if you’ve found a winner.
Be your own tour guide
New in town? Maybe you’re visiting and want to know a little more about that iconic landmark. For those with a real interest in the architectural significance of that quirky looking structure, just point and fire away! You’re presented with all the details and you’ve also scored yourself a photo souvenir of your trip.
That fancy looking eatery you’ve just walked past sure looks tempting, but what do others think, is it worth the hefty price tag? Pull up reviews of restaurants and other hot spots with a quick snap of your camera.
Scan text in real-time
Scanning applications have existed for years now, but Google Lens makes things that much easier. Not only does the Lens scan text, but immediately copies that text to your phones clipboard/note page. The Google Lens is also capable of scanning business cards, in-turn adding contact details as a new address-entry.
Personally, I haven’t received a business card in years. But hey, if they’re still filling space in your wallet, you’ll love this feature.
Which devices are compatible with Google Lens?
Google Lens is now available on selected Android handsets.
We’ve recently announced The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL to our range of supplied handsets.
Pre-order yours now.
What do you think? Have you tried Google lens? We’d love to hear thoughts from the Crowd.