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Google Lens Is Coming To All Android Phones Running Google Photos (theverge.com) 57

Google announced that Google Lens, a machine learning-powered image analyzer, will be rolling out to more Android devices and make an appearance on iOS. "This means users will be able to scan things through the app to receive information, like a dog's breed or a flower type," reports The Verge. Some phones will also be able to access Lens through the Google Assistant too, including flagships from Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Sony, and HMD / Nokia. "Google says Lens is rolling out in batches, so you might not get the update right away," reports The Verge.
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Google Lens Is Coming To All Android Phones Running Google Photos

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  • So this means (Score:4, Interesting)

    by war4peace ( 1628283 ) on Tuesday March 06, 2018 @07:52PM (#56219617)

    That every picture taken goes up to their servers, gets analyzed and then the response is sent back?

    • Yeah a bit like Google Photos I suppose.

    • "This picture appears to be a baby sitting in the bath naked. We have notified the police, please do not move from your present location."

  • This means users will be able to scan things through the app to receive information, like a dog's breed or a flower type

    Or a sheep. [twitter.com]

  • No ** 2000 (hope filter here now swallows it!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Google can use your CPU to do the data analysis and then send them the results. This is a massive neural network and the birth of mass computer vision, which is linked to every person on the planet.

    It is a historic / global event.

  • I'd like to identify bird calls. I'm new to SoCal and don't recognize the sounds of many birds here. If Google can't do it, do you know of any catalog of bird sounds? Gak. How would they be indexed? There's no way to index noises! Google is my only hope.

    • Google says that's not a bird you hear whistling, but that you have a deviated septum.

    • by ace123 ( 758107 )

      Bird sounds visualized using machine learning... hmm, where have I seen this before? [withgoogle.com]

      You want an app? I bet Google's already on it.

      • by swell ( 195815 )

        Thanks for the link Ace. Interesting but it doesn't help me identify a random bird by its sound. I hear them during my walks but I rarely see them. Yesterday it was a flock of parrots, easy to recognize that sound, but usually they are just a mystery.

        Maybe I can reach the people who put that experiment together. Should be as easy for them/Google to do a search based on a sound as a search based on an image. I could record the sound with my phone during my travels and paste it into their search engine.

  • The first thing people will use this thing with will be dicks. Then boobs.

    • I can't speak for you; but I suspect most people don't have any trouble identifying either of those things - no Google assistance required.

  • Obligatory XKCD: https://xkcd.com/1425/ [xkcd.com]

  • I have a barcode reader app, but so far the only Android devices which ship with the ability to recognize a bar code are Android M devices with Google Now On Tap. This is even more pathetic than still not supporting pinless pairing in 2018 even though BlueZ does it.

  • Seems to be Android 8 (Oreo) only for now.

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