How to use Google Lens

Google came out with a new version of Google Lens in beta, the company announced at its annual developer conference on Tuesday. If you have one of the ten additional Android devices that are getting Google Lens inside their native camera apps, you’ll be able to access the feature simply by going into your camera and seeing the icon on the bottom right.

Tapping on the icon activates the Google Lens feature and you’ll be able to point your smartphone camera at objects and different sights to identify more information about them. Google Lens is also getting a real-time finder that will analyze what your camera sees even before you tap on the display. The tool will process the pixels through machine learning to provide more details and also provide relevant search tags.

WHICH DEVICES ARE GETTING GOOGLE LENS?

Initially, it was just the Google Pixel 1 and Google Pixel 2 that had access to Lens. Now, as part of the latest update to Google Lens, the feature is coming to ten additional Android devices inside their native camera apps.

So far Google has only revealed the manufacturers of those ten devices: LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony Mobile, HMD/Nokia, Transsion, TCL, OnePlus, BQ, and Asus. We’ve reached out to Google to find out which specifically which devices will receive Google Lens.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS GOOGLE LENS CAN IDENTIFY?

Google Lens can identify clothes, books, buildings, plants, animals, and works of art. It’ll be able to pull relevant shopping results for clothes it snaps, titles of books, more information about landmarks, and details about paintings. It can also tell you what species and classification is an animal or plant.

Additionally, Lens will soon be able to play a music video if you point your camera at a poster of a musician. It can display movie times when you’re outside of a theater. And through the new smart text selection feature, it can save the contact information from a business card, and add an event to your calendar from a flyer or billboard.

There’s also a crossover between Google Lens and Maps this time around, which will add AR to Street View and help you navigate in real time.

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Google is making an AR headset with new Qualcomm chips

Google is reportedly working on a standalone augmented reality headset that will use new Qualcomm chips. It will be built by Taiwanese computer maker Quanta. The project is still in its early stages, according to documents obtained by WinFuture.

The AR headset is supposed to be similar to Microsoft’s HoloLens, a headset that came out in 2016 and is aimed at design, training, and industrial use. The Google AR headset that’s in development will reportedly be self-contained and powered by a Qualcomm chip, rather than tethered to another device. It will also include cameras and microphones. The headset is currently going by the name “Google A65.” There’s no release date yet for the Google A65 as it’s still in the prototype stage, according to WinFuture.

The headset won’t only operate like a HoloLens, but it will use the same chips. HoloLens is rumored to be getting an update this year, with a new ARM-powered design and an improved field of view. The Qualcomm chips that will reportedly be used in both the new HoloLens and the new Google headset are the Qualcomm QSC603 four-core chips, based on ARM architecture.

Google already produces an augmented reality headset called Google Glass, which was released to some criticism in 2013, and it received a new enterprise version last year. The Google Glass is basically a smart heads-up display and camera, though, while HoloLens-style headsets support what’s sometimes called “mixed reality,” with objects that appear to be part of the world, not just overlaid onto it.

Google is the ‘most authentic brand’ in the country, followed by Microsoft, Amazon and Maruti Suzuki: Survey

Search engine giant Google has emerged as the most authentic brand in the country, followed by Microsoft, Amazon, Maruti Suzuki and Apple, according to New York-based global communications firm Cohn & Wolfe.

Sony, YouTube, BMW, Mercedes Benz and British Airways are the other brands to feature in the top 10.

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Google to stop Google drive by the end of the year.

The new Backup and Sync app expands Google’s approach to file storage spanning your PC and phone. Your choices: update now or update later.

If you’re among the hundreds of millions of people using Google Driveto synchronize files across your PCs and phones, be warned: you’ve now got three months to install its replacement.

Google announced in July that it’s replacing Google Drive with Backup and Sync, which does the same thing as Google Drive but slurps in more files. On Thursday, Google detailed its transition plan, saying it’ll stop supporting Drive on Dec. 11 and shut it down completely on March 12, 2018.

The new approach lets Google’s software synchronize files you’ve stored on your desktop or your documents folders and make all your photos part of Google Photos, too.

And it reflects the growing importance of cloud-based services. In bygone days your files were anchored to a single computing device, but with services like Google Backup and Sync, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and Apple iCloud, your PC or phone is becoming just the tool you happen to be using to edit a photo or write a letter or share a tweet. That’s handy — especially if you lose your laptop or break your phone.

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