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7 Cool Things You Can Do With Google Lens

June 29, 2018

A smartphone using Google Lens.

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"Google Lens is ready for its close-up -- so to speak.

The "future of search" uses your phone's camera to identify objects and then gives you information about those objects -- basically a sort of real-time reverse image-lookup, or, if you prefer, an augmented reality (AR) Google.

However you choose to describe it, Google Lens can perform some cool tricks. Let's take a look at the best of them, starting with how to actually use the feature.

Get started with Google Lens

Lens works a little differently depending on the device you have. On both Android and iOS, it operates from inside the Google Photos app: select any photo, then tap the Lens icon.

Of course, because Google Photos can't actually snap photos itself, you have to perform the extra step of loading your camera app first, taking the picture, then switching over to Photos. (This is much easier in Android, because that app is just a swipe away after you take the pic.)

Thankfully, Lens has made its way to Google Assistant on many phones, effectively giving you a more AR-like experience. On compatible models, when you invoke Assistant, you'll see a Lens icon in the lower-right corner; tap it to bring Lens to life for real-time searches.

That's definitely the coolest and most efficient way to use the tool. But even if you have to go the take-a-picture/launch-Google-Photos route, you can do some neat stuff. Starting with..."

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