Google Lens got new powers! Now copy, translate and search for photos on Chrome desktop

Your Google Lens experience is going to change for desktop! Know what is new.

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 11:42 IST
Google lens
Google lens will now be able to copy text, translate it or even search for images on Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS devices. (Google )
Google lens
Google lens will now be able to copy text, translate it or even search for images on Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS devices. (Google )

How have you been using Google Lens till now? For searching information about images? Before we go there, let us be clear about what Google Lens does? According to Google, "Google Lens lets you search what you see, get things done faster, and understand the world around you—using just your camera or a photo." Well, now Google Lens is more than just being an image search. Not just on your smartphone, but on Google Chrome desktop too. The latest version of Google Lens has been updated to do more than just search for images. A week ago, Google introduced Lens multisearch to let users ask questions about images on Android as well as iPhone devices. And, now your Google Lens can do contextual translations, optical character recognition (OCR), and more on Chrome desktop.

A report by 9to5Google says that the Google Lens results page now has tabs at the bottom of the screen after right-clicking on an image. Earlier, the default tool was "Search," but it's now marked by the "Text" filter, which has long been available on smartphones and in Google Photos on the web version. You will need to click and drag to choose any text to copy, listen, translate, or search, or "Select all".

What's new in Google Lens for Chrome Desktop

With the new update, the new Google Lens on Chrome desktop has a bottom bar with three options including ‘Search', ‘Text', and ‘Translation'. You can select any one of these options according to your need. Besides these, Google has also added a Find Image Source button at the top to search Google for finding similar photos to the searched one.

With the addition of the new OCR (optical character recognition) tool, you can select the text, copy it, or even listen to, and do more such actions with the detected text on a photo. Earlier, you had to upload an image to Google Photos. While the translation feature functions exactly like the camera feature of the Google Translate mobile app. You can take a photo full of text and actually translate it to understand its full context and meaning. You can even open the page in Google Translate as well for a fuller experience. Besides these, the “Find image source” shortcut will help to find out the related images.

Well, it's still unclear when these new updates will be rolled out to your Chrome browsers, but it's right now available on the latest version of Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS devices.

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First Published Date: 17 Apr, 13:08 IST