22 July 2020
Google Lens, the visual search tool is gradually expanding itself and spanning many places inside the smartphones already. But besides just getting embedded into so many applications on Android smartphones, the tool has now made its way to smart feature phones as well but in its most basic form.
Google Lens recognizes texts and images when you point the camera at the subjects you want to know about. It lets you do several things like from searching about them on the web or translating them to even copy the contents of the image to a document. Google Lens is slowly growing as well and accommodating more features to help you find things better.
Google makes this official via a blog post that its visual search tool is coming to phones running KaiOS as well. In its blog post, Google touts the need of Google Lens by taking the example of language barriers in developing countries like India. This suggests only the basic functionality of the Google Lens is coming to phones running KaiOS.
Google also reminds us that since the launch of Google Assistant, it’s been working hard to bring more helpful features to feature phones running KaiOS, and now it is extending the capability to the millions of Google Assistant users on KaiOS devices in India.
KaiOS users can now use Google Lens within Google Assistant to read, translate, and define words in the real world. Just long-press the center button from the home screen to get started with Assistant and they click the camera icon to point the phone at some real-world text like a restaurant banner, street sign, product label, a document, and so on. You can read that selected text back in your preferred language or get it translated or defined.
It is currently available for English and several Indian languages including Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, and Tamil, and will soon be available in Kannada and Gujarati.