Google Lens added to laptop and desktop computers
Written by: Nigel Howle

Google Chrome is adding a popular feature from its Android version for customers using the search engine on laptops and desktop computers.

Google Lens allows users to point a smartphone camera at certain objects and to copy text that’s visible in the image.

It’s a feature that’s always been well received, thanks in part to its reliability when scanning images and text, and now the same can be done via Google Chrome.

Now that it’s in Google Chrome, it could find a new audience of users who may never have been aware of Lens, possibly due to not using an Android device or the Google app on iOS.

Some Chrome users may be unaware of Lens, especially if they don’t use an Android device or the Google app on iOS.

Having it on the toolbar beside the address bar will give users the push to try it out, and it could give Google more ideas for new features to Lens in the future.

Google use the phrase “search what you see” to promote Lens. They say that useful funcions include the ability to translate text in real time, look up words, add events to your calendar, call a number, and more. Or just copy and paste to save some time.


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