Google Lens combines the power of live image processing over the phone’s camera with artificial intelligence and the enormous reach of the company’s search engine. Apparently not enough people know how to use the app, so it has worked to make it more visible to users on Android.
Last year, we told you about the inclusion of a lens button right next to the microphone icon for voice commands in the Google search box while browsing the results. Only in the last week, however, we have seen the first instance of Lens move into the search box widget, complete with updated logo.
But it has not only appeared there – Google Photos, which already makes it very clear that Lens is available for people to scan their photos and search for things, now presents new instructions when it has the faintest idea that something may be sought.
Still, this latest move (which may be an A / B test since it does not appear to be version-dependent) makes it crystal clear that Google considers Lens to be an integrated consumer search tool.