Hands-on with the new Google Lens

PCWorld | May 8, 2018

Google Lens is now part of the Android camera app, and with the new location comes some cool new features.

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[MIKE SIMON] everyone mike simon from PC world I'm
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here at Google i/o and we're going to
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look at some of the new features Google
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just unveiled for google lens which will
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now be inside the camera instead of
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inside of assistant so let's take a look
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of it I'm here with FRed Brewin from
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Google and he's going to show us some of
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the cool new features

[FRED BREWIN/GOOGLE:] all right so first
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of all this is the LG G 7 that's one of
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our partner devices so right from the
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default camera as well as assistant you
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can just access google lens right from
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that so that's that's built into a non
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pixel phone this is this is
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big-time so this is built in to the
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camera on the LG g7 so you don't have to
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download anything or get an app or
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anything like that it's right into right
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in the camera yeah so then we have a
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feature called the style match that we
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announcing today so if you find
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something you like could be a bag some
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clothes shoe you can just tap on this
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And we’ll find you similar products in this
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case looks like we found something
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pretty close so you can just go straight
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through that

[SIMON] and so that's that's using
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Google search it's taking a picture and
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inside it's a little mind here
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it's comparing it against thousands of
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other bags and images and it's finding
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one that matches both what it is and the
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type of bag it is so if you saw there
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there was a lot of bags with that kind
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of that you know rough leather look with
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like different swatches and it kind of
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uses all that and it uses it's it's AI
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to really understand okay I'm looking at
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a specific type of bag not just an air
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bag

[BREWIN] yep so then the the other feature we
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can show you is smart type selection

[SIMON] you
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can also kind of see those dots that
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kind of shows you that it's working and
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when it when it nails on something it
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brings up those colored dots
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so here I can go straight from an item
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on a menu that I might know you might
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not know what it is and I can go
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straight to looking at images of this to
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learn more the other great example of
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smart text selection I can show you is
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over on a book so let's say you have a
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passage that you want to send to a
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friend you can just tap on this and then
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now this text is just interactive as if
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it was on the screen so you can
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grab copy and translate pull those text
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I mean this is like a life-changing
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stuff so you can have you know a book or
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a static PDF or something that you can't
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usually grab the text from and just take
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it and use it in and your document or
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email or whatever you a message
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what-have-you just by just by your
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camera

[BREWIN] so all this will be available in
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an update to Google lens at the end of
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this month

[SIMON]
02:52 yeah and the g7 comes out I think LG
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hasn't quite nailed it down yet but it's
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somewhere around late-may early-june so
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it'll probably be on that device when it
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launches as well as the pixel and other
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the one plus six they mentioned as well
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so we're talking about you know a lot of
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the newer Android forms that are coming
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out and the middle of 2018
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