Google Lens for iOS turns objects within a photo, or your camera, into a search. Instead of typing, just send a photo and ask Google to tell you what it is.
Share All sharing options for: Google Lens is now available on iOS. Google is officially rolling out its Lens feature to Apple iOS devices over the next few weeks. Lens is an on-demand object recognition tool, accessible through the Google Photos app.
Cons: Not always being able to recognize an object. No extra components or options other than searching.
It requires Android Marshmallow (6.0) or newer. On December 10, 2018, Google rolled out the Lens visual search feature to the Google app for iOS. In early 2022, Google Lens replaced Google Image Search in Google Chrome.
What is Google Lens? Developed as a tool to help users find items, translate text, and even identify different species of plants, Google Lens is an AI-driven visual helper. The idea is to be able to open Google Lens, take a photo of something you want to learn more about, and get results, fast.
One of the best Android apps by far, Google Lens is also available on iOS devices and is incredibly easy to install. Whether you have the best iPad or the best iPhone, you'll find Google Lens works beautifully on both.
On December 10, 2018, Google rolled out the Lens visual search feature to the Google app for iOS.
To access Google Lens on your iPhone camera, you'll need to download the latest version of the Google App. Open the app and click the Google Lens icon to the right of your search bar, right beside the microphone. Google will ask for permission to access your iPhone camera, so click OK.
To use Google Lens on an iPhone, users download the Google app and/or the Google Photos app. Both are available in the App Store for free.
There are more than 25 alternatives to Google Lens for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Android, iPhone, Linux and Mac. The best alternative is Greenshot, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Google Lens are TinEye, GImageReader, Snagit and Spectacle.
Google Lens lets you search what you see. Using a photo, your camera or almost any image, Lens helps you discover visually similar images and related content, gathering results from all over the internet.
At WWDC 2021, Apple announced that 'Live Text' and 'Visual Look Up' will be coming to the iPhone's camera and Photos app as part of iOS 15. And both are direct rivals to Google Lens, which has become an increasingly powerful way to search the real world through your smartphone camera on both Android and iOS.