When Google announced the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL last month, there were a lot of new features that the company decided not to mention at the Made by Google event. New features like Screen Attention, Pixel Themes, Car Accident Detection and more have never been announced, but can be found on the latest Pixel smartphones. However, there is one feature that we have not seen much attention to: enhanced Google lens suggestions in the Google Camera app. We actually talked about it in our "Pixel 4 – What it didn't write" menu, which Google said, "but I wanted to highlight this feature because, as I said, it's not mentioned very much online.
In context, the Google Lens is a tool that uses computer vision to analyze what you are looking at. It was announced on Google I / O 2017 with features such as the ability to identify the type of flowers you are looking at, extract restaurant information you are looking at, or identify credentials for logging into Wi-Fi. Since its launch, Google Lens has received updates suggesting clothing, identifying local artists' works, scanning restaurant menus, overlaying translated text, and other good things.
To access the Google Lens on most smartphones, you can raise the Google Assistant and tap the Lens shortcut, open any photo in Google Photos and tap the Lens shortcut, or launch the dedicated Google Lens app (which is just a shortcut). On Pixel smartphones, the Google Camera app has a dedicated shortcut to launch Google Lens. Starting with the Pixel 3, the Google Lens launches in real time with the Google Camera Viewfinder. This integration, called Google lens suggestions, allows the Google Camera app to detect URLs, email addresses and business cards.
With the new Pixel 4, Google lens suggestions can also offer to scan documents, translate text, or copy text. When you hover your mouse over something that looks like a document, you will see a chip with a Google Lens icon and text to "scan the document". Touching this opens a Google Lens with automatically set angles to crop the document. After you cut the document, you can share it as a PDF or an image. As for the translation options, we are told that they currently only support English, Spanish, German, Hindi and Japanese.
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Here's a screenshot showing each of these features:
A Google lens that offers to scan a document directly from the Google Camera app on Pixel 4. The document in question is a call to the upcoming Snapdragon Tech Summit.
Google Camera that offers German text translation from WinFuture.de
Google camera asking me if I want to copy the text seen in the viewfinder.
These enhanced lens suggestions don't seem to be available on older Pixel smartphones. When the feature debuted on Pixel 3, Google said it was using Pixel Visual Core to provide real-time suggestions. These new suggestions may rely on the upgraded Pixel Neural Core on Pixel 4. In any case, we're sure the talented Google Camera modding community will come up with a way to force this feature to work on older Pixel smartphones, perhaps by switching suggestions to the main soc.
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