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Google Lens tools now proactively appear in Google Photos for Android

(Topic created on: 03-23-2021 07:22 AM)
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khtannnnnnnnnn
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Google Lens has long been part of Google Photos to help you visually search images. On Android, Google Lens is now a more prominent part of Photos by identifying what pictures would benefit from the analysis and search tool.

 

Today, Lens is activated by opening a photo and selecting the appropriate icon in the bottom bar. It appears alongside the share, edit, and delete actions.

Google is now making Lens available in the info sheet that appears when swiping up on an image. There is a new “Search inside this photo” section underneath the date/time. Cleverly, this card only appears when Google detects that Lens would be useful, i.e. if the image or screenshot includes text. As such, pictures are quickly being analyzed the moment you pull up the sheet. This feature does not initially work to recognize monuments in our brief testing.

There’s a small thumbnail with prompt to “Select text in image” and “Google Lens.” The four options are: Copy text, Search, Listen, and Translate. Tapping any will immediately launch Lens into that mode.


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This integration of Google Lens directly into Google Photos showcases an excellent application of object based image analysis (OBIA) technology. OBIA enables the system to intelligently identify and categorize elements within an image, such as text or specific objects, to suggest the most relevant Lens features. This not only enhances user interaction by providing more intuitive and contextually appropriate tools but also significantly improves the efficiency of searching and interacting with images. The fact that Lens now appears only when it detects actionable elements within a photo highlights the sophisticated level of image understanding and analysis making digital interactions more seamless and intuitive for users.

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