How to Use Google Lens in a Web Browser
Google Lens is available in desktop browsers, using artificial intelligence to analyze and identify objects in images and provide matching results.
Google lens is a remarkable tool that makes advanced AI easy to use and it can even be accessed on a computer through a web browser. Android device owners will be most 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 much more, when it only receives 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 associate 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 desktop using a web browser. This means 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 see photos matching those keywords. Selecting an image will open a larger view and in the corner, overlaid on the image, a Google Lens icon will appear. The icon looks a bit like a camera’s focus symbol (a crosshair) or a dotted square with a dot in the center. Clicking on the Google Lens icon will work the magic and dots will appear on the photo as Google analyzes it. In a few seconds, the results will appear.
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 easily be narrowed down. A dotted rectangle similar to the Google Lens logo will surround the area that Lens has identified as most relevant. One or more white dots may also be visible in the photo, and each represents a different object Lens finds in the image. Clicking on one of these targets will display the relevant information for that object. The dotted rectangle can also be adjusted by dragging the edge. Any user interaction with the points or the 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 choosing Google Lens from the pop-up menu that appears. Globally, Google lens is one of the most widespread and powerful artificial intelligence tools available and it can be used on any device, even a desktop or laptop computer with a quick search.
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