Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Google Expands Lens to More Android Devices with Google Photos

Google Expands Lens to More Android Devices with Google Photos

Today, Google Lens is escaping the clutches of the Pixel brand and expanding to all Android devices through the Google Photos app. You can either grab the factory images and flash them yourselves, or you can wait for the over-the-air (OTA) update that should arrive soon. These are updates that do not fall under the "security patches" category, but more of bug fixes and software improvements inbound for Google's family of devices. Some reports from the BGR suggest that if a user wants to update the device manually, he will lose the stored data as it will be erased from the memory after the device is updated manually. However, the patch that's dated March 5, 2018 contains full security string, meaning it also addresses issues that have been addressed in March 1 patch.

Google Lens is powered by a computer vision system which lets users point their handset's camera at an object and get information about it in real-time.

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Apart from the separate Pixel-specific security updates, there are new "functional updates" that Google is rolling out for this month. The update for the Pixel devices primarily focuses on improving the fingerprint scanner's performance which is claimed to be improved following the March security update.

More features will be added in the future and Google will continue to work on improving Lens recognition for animals and plants.

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