Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Google Lens rolling out to all Android phones

Google Lens rolling out to all Android phones

Google rolled out an update for its older devices to Android 8.1 Oreo, but it's the last OS update for some.

The first developer preview of Android P, Google's latest version of Android is has arrived, allowing developers to climb aboard and start preparing their applications for the update. Google has also added upgrades to video playback and image compression in Android P, including support for HDR VP9 Profile 2 and HEIF.

For instance, photos and stickers attached to messages can appear in the notification bar.

Google showcased its Lens app to the world at its developer's conference I/O in 2017.

The messaging apps would support the inclusion of "Smart replies", images and stickers directly in the notification.

You can download Google Photos from the Play Store.

Google is making several notification tweaks with Android P, too. This should open up new capabilities for apps, so that they can access streams simultaneously from two or more cameras.

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The initial phase will have Lens being rolled out to all the non-Pixel Android devices via Google Photos. "On devices with either dual-front or dual-back cameras, you [developers] can create innovative features not possible with just a single camera, such as seamless zoom, bokeh, and stereo vision", Burke said.

Android P would also have a standard dialog box user interface for when apps want to verify a user's identity with a fingerprint.

The updated operating system will prevent idle background apps from accessing the camera, microphone, and other SensorManager sensors to improve security.

The company would release more details in May and release Android P in autumn.

Previously, Google Lens was only available to users of Google's second-generation Pixel flagship smartphones. You will need to manually download and then flash it to your device. In Android P, however, the dock regains its rightful status by being represented by a semi-transparent shade of white.

Well, the Android P is out, as you may already know.

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