Google Lens visual search tool starts rolling out in Assistant for Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones

Built into the Photos app, Google Lens can recognise things like addresses and books, among others.

Google has started rolling out visual search feature Google Lens in Assistant for the first batch of Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones. "The first users have spotted the visual search feature up and running on their Pixel and Pixel 2 phones," 9to5Google reported late on Friday. Built into the Photos app, Google Lens can recognise things like addresses and books, among others.

Google Lens visual search tool starts rolling out in Assistant for Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones

The Google Pixel 2

In Photos, the feature can be activated when viewing any image or screenshot. However, in Google Assistant, it is integrated right into the sheet that pops up after holding down on the home button. "Lens was always intended for both Pixel 1 and 2 phones," Google had earlier said in a statement.

The app was announced by the tech giant during Google I/O 2017. It has been designed to bring up relevant information using visual analysis.

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