Hands-on with Google Lens for Android

Hands-on with Google Lens for Android

Google has announced the first developer preview of Android P is now available bringing several new features include support for devices with a notched display.

Google hasn't specified when Lens will make it to iOS, but it is reportedly "coming soon".

However, ahead of the Google's I/O 2018 slated to be held in May, the company is rolling out the update to its Google Photos app. Google is adamant that this release is exclusively for developers at this point, so we don't suggest that you try downloading images right this instant to install on your personal Android device.

With the lens, you'll be able to do things like copy text, scan QR codes and identify famous landmarks. Up until now, Lens was only available on the Pixel. Google says the calculations will be handled on the device as part of an effort to maintain some privacy for users. The following year, Google released the original Pixel, marking an end to the company's lineup of affordable devices. Looking ahead, today we're sharing the first developer preview of Android P, the newest version of Android.

Hands-on with Google Lens for Android
Hands-on with Google Lens for Android

Lens can be activated within Google Photos by opening the app and tapping on the Lens icon on the bottom bar.

Let's start with this, shall we? You should use ImageDecoder to decode an image rather than the BitmapFactory and BitmapFactory.Options APIs. There will also be quick replies within the notification preview for a message, allowing you to quickly respond to a message.

Neural Networks API 1.1 - an update to the Neural Network API introduced in Android 8.1. If it has rolled out to your device, it will show up as a tiny magnifying glass at the bottom of your screen when you take a photo or open one you've already taken. Apps currently in development can now target Android P, so it really shouldn't be hard to find apps that are ready to take advantage of the next Android version.

Unfortunately, you cannot use it to find the name of your crush or some random stranger walking down the street.

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