Google Lens Gives Assistant More Powers

Google Lens Gives Assistant More Powers
Google Assistant can now act as a virtual tour guide for users in unfamiliar places.

(CCM) — Google has begun beefing up the power of its Pixel phones with the addition of Google Lens in the Assistant, the company has announced in a blog post.

Google Lens makes use of Google's computer learning and computer vision technologies, and when linked with Google Assistant it can help provide information about whatever is in front of a user's smartphone in real time.

"Looking at a landmark and not sure what it is? Interested in learning more about a movie as you stroll by the poster? With Google Lens and your Google Assistant, you now have a helpful sidekick to tell you more about what’s around you, right on your Pixel," explained Ibrahim Badr, Google's associate product manager for Assistant.

Using Assistant and Google Lens together, he said that users can save information from business cards or navigate to the addresses they contain, identify landmarks and learn about their history, look up products by barcode or scan QR codes, and add calendar events such as a movie release date or a gallery opening directly from Google Lens.

The new capability is being rolled out to all Pixel handsets set to English in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, India, and Singapore over the next few weeks. It can be accessed by opening Google Assistant on the smartphone and tapping on the Google Lens icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.

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