Google Lens is available in desktop browsers that uses artificial intelligence to analyze and identify objects in images and provide matching results.
Google Lens is a great tool that makes advanced artificial intelligence easy to use, and it’s even available on a computer via a web browser. Android users will be more familiar with Google Lens because it’s built right into the camera app on many Android phones. After using it several times and exploring the different options, it becomes clear how powerful Google’s image processing and analysis capabilities are. It can really read text, identify objects and more, all from an image.
Google Lens was first announced at Google I/O in 2017. The search giant and developer of the Android operating system explained that it uses a neural network designed specifically for image recognition to identify objects in a photo and connect them with relevant information. This is similar but more advanced than Google Search, which performs the same task using text as input.
Google Lens is also available on a desktop computer using a web browser such as Chrome, Safari or Firefox. This means that the power of Google’s visual analytics can be enjoyed almost anywhere. There are several ways to access this ability. After performing a Google search, the user can click on the “Images” tab to view images that match those search terms. Selecting an image opens a larger view and in the corner, superimposed on the image, a Google Lens icon appears. The icon looks a bit like a dotted square with a dot in the middle. If you click on the Google Lens icon, the magic will work and dots will appear on the image as Google analyzes it. In a few seconds, the results will be displayed.
Refine Google Lens results
The first results from Google Lens may not match the part of the image the user is interested in, but the selection can be easily narrowed down. A square shape will surround the area that Lens has identified as most relevant. One or more white dots may also be visible in the image, each representing a different object that the lens finds in the image. Clicking on one of these targets will display the relevant information for that object. The highlighted square can also be adjusted by dragging its edge. Any user interaction with the points or rectangle updates the matching results below.
For those using Google’s Chrome browser, Google Lens can be accessed simply by right-clicking on any image in the browser and selecting Google Lens from the pop-up menu that appears. Overall, Google Lens is one of the most widely used and powerful AI tools available and can be used on any device, even a desktop or laptop computer with a quick search.
Use Google Lens by uploading a photo
Another way to use Google Lens is to search by image, directly from the Google homepage or search results. On each page, there will be a Google Lens icon on the far right of the search field. Click on it and the option to search for any image with Google Lens will appear. There are two ways to search for image. The first is to upload a saved image file that resides on a user’s laptop or PC. The second method is to paste the image link, which can be found by opening any image on the web in a new tab and copying the link from the browser’s address bar.
Once the image or link is added to Google Lens, it will show relevant results. Users have a few options here. They can see relevant results for the image, just as they would with Google Image Search. Alternatively, users can click “Find Image Source” to find the web page where it was uploaded. Users also have the option to select parts of the image to search for these results. By clicking on the “Text” option, users will be able to highlight all or part of the text in the image and search it on Google. Finally, the “Translate” option can translate any text on the image into another language. It’s a convenient way to use Google Lens to find relevant information from images that a user already has access to.