In recent days, we have seen the Google Lens icon pop-up at random in Google Assistant on a handful of Pixel phones, leading us to assume that/wonder if the rollout of its full feature set had begun. Google confirmed that to be the case this afternoon, saying in a blog post that all Pixel phones (including Pixel 2 and 2 XL) will gain access to the full Lens over the “coming weeks” in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, India, and Singapore.
First introduced back at Google I/O, Google Lens uses your phone’s camera, along with computer vision and machine learning, to bring you information. That could be through text, by taking an image or a sign and grabbing the text from it to head to a URL, call a phone number, navigate to an address, or fill out a contact from a business card. It could also help you find information out about a landmark and its history, just by pointing your camera at it. It’ll scan barcodes and things like that too, plus you could quickly find out information about books, movies, and art.
To access Google Lens on your Pixel or Pixel 2, you’ll simply open up the Google Assistant and look for the Lens icon in the bottom right corner. If it’s there, feel free to tap on it to open up the Lens UI.
Let us know as you see Lens pop-up, so we can let everyone know if a bigger portion of Pixel owners are finally seeing it.