17 May 2019
Google Lens is getting ready to offer support for importing images from one's device storage and then analyze them. This new functionality has now been spotted in the latest Google app beta (v8.24 and v8.28) as well as within the Google Lens app. But for the latter to work, a user would have to access Lens via Google Assistant.
Once any of the above-mentioned methods are tried and this new feature is available on the device, the user will see a new gallery icon on the top left or right corner. Tapping on this icon will offer options to browse images either via the Downloads folder or via the file picker interface.
When the desired image has been imported, Google Lens will work like it usually does. It will start analyzing the photo to see what is there and offer relevant information about the subjects it will be able to detect. This is a handy addition considering that many times, you have some image in your phone's gallery that you would like to know more about.
But as mentioned in the beginning, this new Google Lens functionality is currently available only in the beta stage. We will keep you updated as and when it will become available in the stable version.