Google is adding an exciting feature to Chrome’s Android version. Soon, you will be able to use Google Lens from your favorite mobile browser iself.
Google Lens is an image recognition technology developed by Google, that uses AI and Neural networks to identify text and objects on photos. It works on photos that you have already taken and also in real-time, using the phone’s camera.
According to a code change request that I spotted today, this feature is coming to the Android version of Google Chrome. The subject of the CL clearly states that “Add support for intenting to Google Lens from the context menu.”
“Add “Search with Google Lens” context menu which is enabled behind a feature flag. The context menu will be shown when the default search engine is Google and the Lens availability checks pass.”
The bug submitted to track this feature also has a similar text: Issue 994301: [Lens Context Menu] Add Lens Context Menu” “Add “Search with Google Lens” context menu which is enabled behind a feature flag. The context menu will be shown when the default search engine is Google and the Lens availability checks pass.”
Built-in or Integration?
Details are sparse, but the most important question I have is this; will Google add built-in support for Lens to Chrome, or is this just an “intent” to trigger the Lens service? An “intent” is a glue that connects two services. “An Intent provides a facility for performing late runtime binding between the code in different applications. Its most significant use is in the launching of activities, where it can be thought of as the glue between activities. It is basically a passive data structure holding an abstract description of an action to be performed.”
This part of the code makes me think that this is just an “intent”:
However, further down on the same page, I see this:
I am leaning towards “intent” at this point. Even as an “intent”, this will be a powerful feature to have. You could long-tap on any image on the web and let Google Lens do its thing. It will be useful for translation, image searches and much more.
What are the possibilities of Google Lens on the browser? Share your thoughts in the comments section!