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TechnologyGoogle Photos now has the ability to search for text in images

13:35  23 august  2019
13:35  23 august  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Google is phasing out the old Voice Search in favor of Assistant

Google is phasing out the old Voice Search in favor of Assistant The familiar microphone icon in Google's search bar might soon be a thing of the past, according to some recent changes spotted by 9 to 5 Google. On some phones, Google's old-school "Voice Search," with the prompt "Say 'Hey Google,'" has been replaced by the four-dot Assistant logo and the term "Ask your Assistant." As a reminder, that's just like the one at the bottom of Google's Pixel launcher. It still opens the same interface as before, but the search is now performed by Assistant and displays the results in a slide-up card.

Google is rolling out an update to its Evernote rival Keep that introduces the ability to search for text in photos uploaded to the service. While Evernote has had this feature for a long time, we found that Google ’s implementation located text in images instantly.

Google made a subtle announcement today on Twitter: it’s in the process of rolling out new AI features for its Lens platform that will let you search your Google Photos library for The more impressive feat, though, is the ability to search for any snippet of text without having to pick a photo first.

Google is making it much easier to look for specific images with text through its Photos app. Over the years, the tech giant released various object recognition features powered by Google Lens for its backup application, so it doesn't end up a photo dump where you can't find anything anymore. Now, the tech giant has started rolling out the ability to search for images in Photos through the text found in them.

Google Photos now has the ability to search for text in images

We were able to surface screenshots by looking for specific keywords, but it looks like the feature will work even on ordinary pictures. Say, on images of signs or of the pages of a book. Further, you can simply click the Lens button when you find the image you're looking for to be able to copy-paste text from it. And since you can translate the words you highlight from within the app itself, we'll bet the feature could be useful for research or for figuring out what signs and food packages are saying when you're traveling in other countries.

Google's lightweight Go search app is now available worldwide

Google's lightweight Go search app is now available worldwide Google Go is an optimized version of search for emerging markets with some unique features, like the ability to read web pages out loud, which is handy not only for listening to articles on the go but is also invaluable for people with visual impairments. Originally it was only available in selected markets, but now it's available worldwide. The app is deigned to take up minimal space on your device, requiring just over 7MB. It also uses minimal bandwidth so it's handy if you're on a capped data plan or you're in an area with spotty 3G coverage. If your device goes offline, it can remember your search queries and will fetch your results once you're reconnected.

Google Lens has a powerful optical character recognition (OCR) filter that can pull text from any image . Available in Google Photos , the backup service this month is adding the ability to search for text in images .

Google Lens' ability to detect words in images is rolling out to Google Photos , allowing users to search for text in their pics. Utilizing the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) tech found in Google Lens, you can now search for text from within Google Photos .

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