Google Lens is now available on any Android smartphone via Google Photos

Identifying objects, storefronts, and other things via Google Lens has become one of the handiest features of Android 8.0 Oreo. Sadly, it was only available to use on the Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones at first, but today the search giant has announced that Google Photos now has Google Lens built-in which means it doesn’t matter who made your handset.

Indeed, all you need to use Google Lens on your handset is to have the very latest version of Google Photos installed, which now is version And that is it. Just fire up Google Photos on your phone, tap a picture and you’ll see the Lens option between the Settings and Trash icons. Whether it’s creating a contact from a business card, identifying a famous landmark, or attempting to see what breed your cat is, Google Lens can help you out. If you need a helping hand on how to use Google Lens and what it can do, simply take a gander at this helpful guide.

It should be noted that for the moment at least, you’ll need to take a picture of the chosen object first and then open up Google Photos to identify what it is exactly. The ability to use Google Lens in real-time via Google Assistant is said to be coming to selected handsets from Huawei, Sony, Nokia, LG, Motorola, and Samsung in the future although no timescale has been given.

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About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).