11 September 2019
Google appears to be readying to add the Google Lens support to Chrome for Android for a better reverse image search process. Currently, you just search an image you see on a web page using the option “Search image on Google,” but with the new support, you will be able to search the image using Google Lens directly. Google Lens will search specifics in the image and will offer you results accordingly.
Google Lens takes things a step further by letting you isolate parts of an image and recognizes texts and barcodes. We are yet to see how it will serve results in Chrome when goes live. Google Lens is already available at several places, including Google Photos, camera apps, and even as a standalone app.
Now it has been spotted in a code change that Google Lens will also come to Chrome for Android. This will work as one of the new ways of reverse image search. Google is reportedly working to add a new option to the context menu of an image available on a web page. Currently, when you tap-and-hold an image in Chrome for Android, the context menu shows “Search Google for this image” option. But soon this may change and you would rather see “Search with Google Lens.”
So, if you choose to search the image with Google Lens, Chrome will launch an “Intent” for Lens via the Google App and simply pass it the photo you’re interested in. It’s unknown how the result will look like, but we may get to know more about it sooner.
According to 9to5Google, Chrome for Android will also check to make sure you have the Google Search app installed and that too the latest one. If it doesn’t find one, Chrome will take you back at offering the default Google Images Search option as it did before. Needless to mention, Lens will not be available unless Google is your default search engine in Chrome for Android.
It's unknown when the Google Lens integration is landing on Chrome for Android, but it's good to notice the change in a commit which is a good hint at its sooner availability.