Google is introducing new artificial intelligence features for its Lens platform, which will allow you to search for a text that appears in photos and screenshots in your Google Photos library. Then you can easily copy and paste this text into a note, document or form.
Both new features use a technology known as Optical Character Recognition (OCR), with the copy/paste option based on the lens’s existing ability to understand and extract text found in photos, whether it’s a screenshot, photo or document. This feature is now available on some Android devices, although not yet active on iOS.
A more impressive achievement is the ability to search for any piece of text without first selecting a photo. This suggests that Google performs optical recognition of your entire photo collection automatically.
“Starting this month, we’re rolling out the ability to search your photos by the text in them,” Google wrote in response to prominent venture capitalist Hunter Walk, who noticed earlier this week that the Lens feature had been turned on for his account. “Once you find the photo you’re looking for, click the Lens button to easily copy and paste text”.