The Original Pixel is Getting One of its Successor’s Best Features
Normally, when a company releases a new version of a smartphone it’s a safe bet that the older models won’t be getting any more love. Sure, they’ll likely continue to get software and security updates for a few years, but major new features are normally reserved for the shiny new models. In an interesting move, Google has decided to buck that trend by bringing the new Google Lens feature to the original Pixel.
The reports surfaced on a Reddit thread but were later picked up by other sites. As of right now, only a handful of users have received the Google Lens update, but we expect it to roll out to a wider audience in the coming days.
Google Lens is one of the few truly innovative camera features we’ve seen in years. Don’t get us wrong, plenty of smartphones offer truly great cameras, but those are merely improvements in the quality of photos. It’s rare that we see a feature which changes how we use our cameras, but Google Lens does just that.
The software uses your phone’s camera to identify objects and places it sees and then brings up information about said objects. For instance, if you were to point your camera at a famous landmark, you might see that landmark’s Wikipedia page. Point it at a restaurant and you’d get customer reviews, the restaurant’s website, and other relevant information. Google Lens can also be used for more practical purposes as well. One example given during Google’s I/O event was of pointing the camera at a theater as Google Assistant pulled up ticket sales for that particular theater.
Additionally, the feature is also supported in the Photos App
Google Lens might not change the world, but it does make everyday tasks a bit easier and it’s a nice gesture of Google to make it available for the original Pixel as we imagine a lot of companies would have made it exclusive to their newest smartphone.
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