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Google Lens now describes landmarks and creates contacts from business cards

Google Lens now describes landmarks and creates contacts from business cards

Google Lens is a visual search engine, announced at . You can take a picture with your phone and Google will provide insights into what you’re looking at. Now, it is getting even better, and can store information from business cards as contacts, and even describe landmarks you’ve spotted.

If you have a business card, just open a photo of it in Google Photos and navigate to Lens. With just a tap, Lens will automatically create a contact for you using the information printed on the card.

This is handy because it addresses the two things we really hate about business cards. Firstly, people at conferences eventually run out of them, meaning you’ve got to write their contact details down on a slip of easily-losable paper.

Secondly, it means you don’t actually have to take the card, because you’ve already got the information stored electronically.

If you’ve never used Google Lens before, and are worried about it being laggy or slow: don’t be. It’s blazingly fast. When testing out this feature on a mid-range Honor phone using cellular data, it just took 5 seconds from start to finish.

The other cool new addition to Google Lens is the ability to identify and provide context to famous landmarks. So, if you’re in the Italian city of Pisa and you see a tower skewed at an awkward , Lens will tell you “Hey! That’s the Leaning Tower of Pisa.”

In addition to identifying buildings, Lens also gives you information you might need. This includes things like a description of the place, or its opening hours, thereby saving you a Google search.

The latest and greatest version of Google Lens is found in Google Photos. If you don’t have it, you can download it here.

If you have the app installed (which you probably will, as Google Photos comes pre-installed on most Android devices nowadays), but can’t find the feature, you might need to update it.

Sadly, iOS users will have to wait a bit to use this. Google announced a version of Lens for Apple’s smartphone platform at MWC 2018, but hasn’t given any concrete dates for when it might land. It said it’ll drop “in the coming weeks.”

Credits: https://thenextweb.com/apps/2018/03/06/google-lens-now-describes-landmarks-and-creates-contacts-from-business-cards/

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