February 23, 2021
Google Lens standalone app

Google Releases Lens as a Standalone App, but It’s Buggy

A new Google Lens standalone app is now available for download from the Play Store, allowing more people to use its AI-powered features…

Google keeps upping the capabilities of AI or artificial intelligence in a number of ways. Back at Google I/O 2018 this year, the search company made several announcements. Among them were Smart Text Selection and Style Match. Those first became available on devices equipped with Google Lens. Now, the company just released the Android app as a downloadable standalone in the Play Store. 

New Google Lens Standalone App Released

For those unfamiliar, Google Lens is an AI-powered app which allows users to capture images of unknown objects to identify them. In other words, snap a picture of an unfamiliar plant and Google Lens will identify it. The technology works with plants, animals, landmarks, art, and other objects. But, it’s far from perfect. And, this new standalone app won’t work with all Android devices.

Google states devices need to run Android Marshmallow or above. However, it doesn’t work with the Galaxy S8 Plus, the Moto Z Play, the Nokia 7 Plus, and the Xiaomi Mi A1. Although Note 8 users report it works fine.

Google Lens boasts two powerful new features: Smart Text Selection and Style Match. Style Match is a feature which allows users to scan items in their surroundings to locate other objects with similar aesthetics. While Smart Text Selection detects foreign language words in order to translate them. Moreover, users can copy and paste text from real-world objects, such as books or flyers.