When Did Google Lens Launch?

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Google Lens was first announced at the Google I/O developer conference in May 2017. It was initially released as a Pixel-exclusive feature on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. In November 2017, Google Lens began rolling out to the Google Assistant on Pixel and Pixel 2 phones. A preview of Lens was also implemented into the Google Photos app for Pixel phones.


On March 5, 2018, Google officially released Google Lens to Google Photos on non-Pixel phones. Support for Lens in the iOS version of Google Photos was made on March 15, 2018.

Beginning in May 2018, Google Lens was made available within Google Assistant on OnePlus devices as well as being integrated into camera apps of various Android phones. A standalone Google Lens app was made available on Google Play in June 2018. Device support is limited, although it is not clear which devices are not supported or why. It requires Android Marshmallow (6.0) or newer.

On December 10, 2018, Google rolled out the Lens visual search feature to the Google app for iOS.

Since its launch, Google Lens has been steadily growing in popularity. It is now available on a wide range of devices and offers a variety of features that make it a powerful tool for everyday life.

Here are some of the things you can do with Google Lens:

  • Scan text: Google Lens can scan text in real time and translate it into other languages. This is a great way to read foreign signs or menus, or to translate documents.
  • Identify objects: Google Lens can identify objects in your surroundings. This can be helpful for learning about new things, or for finding information about products.
  • Shop: Google Lens can help you shop online by identifying products in your surroundings. This is a great way to find the best deals on products you are interested in.
  • Explore your surroundings: Google Lens can help you explore your surroundings by identifying landmarks and providing information about them. This is a great way to learn about your local area or to find new places to visit.

Google Lens is a powerful tool that can be used for a variety of purposes. It is a great way to learn about the world around you, to translate text, and to shop online. If you have not tried Google Lens yet, I encourage you to give it a try. You may be surprised at how useful it can be.

Current Availability

Google Lens is currently available on a variety of devices, including:

  • Android phones running Android Marshmallow (6.0) or newer
  • iOS devices running iOS 11 or newer
  • The Google Chrome browser on desktop

Future Plans

Google has not yet announced any specific plans for the future of Google Lens. However, the company has said that it is committed to continuing to develop the technology and to making it even more useful for users.

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