TechnologyCool! Google Photos will search for text in your pictures -- here's how
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 On some phones, Google's old-school "Voice Search," with the prompt "Say 'Hey Google,'" has been replaced by the four-dot Assistant logo and the term "Ask your Assistant."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.
Scrolling through 2,567 photos to find the precise picture you want can be a nightmare. Now, a new feature in Google Photos will let you search for pictures that have text in them so you can quickly find what you're looking for. You can even copy and paste the text when you find it.
The new tool makes it easier to find a recipe you saved, a funny meme you screenshotted or your bank account number. You can also use it to pinpoint a photo that you took of a restaurant name, business card or phone number.
Google Photos' face-grouping feature comes to Europe
Google Photos recently hit one billion users after being spun out from Google+ just four years ago. One reason the product grew so quickly is its frequent updates, adding features like video animation and a crop and adjust tool for photographing documents. Now, Google is rolling out its face-grouping feature across Europe. The feature was available in some regions since 2015, and it works by looking at all the photos on your device and creating a model of each face so it can group similar instances together. Then you can search your photos for particular people or create albums or movies of them.
Google Lens powers this search feature. It's available in Google Photos for Android and iPhone . However, it's still rolling out, so if you don't see it yet, keep checking daily (and make sure the app is updated).
Here's how to use the Google Photos search tool to find your photos.
1. Open the Google Photos app.
2. Tap on the search bar and type what you're looking for. For example, if you took a screenshot in Yelp or Google Maps of a coffee shop you want to try, just type coffee or the name of the business.
3. Once Google has spotted the image for you, tap on it.
4. Tap the Google Lens button on the bottom of the screen. It's a square with a dot in the center.
Google Photos now lets you search for text in pictures you’ve taken
A new Lens capability rolling out this month
5. Google will highlight all of the text in the photo. Tap on the words you want to copy.
6. Select Copy text.
7. Now you can paste the text wherever you need, like in the messages app or in a browser.
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Google may soon let you search with a screenshot.
Google might be about to do pair up two mobile screen-related features, "Edit & Share screenshots" and the AI-powered "What's on my Screen," according to some APK digging by 9 to 5 Google. A new feature called "Smart Screenshots," tucked into the latest version of the Google 10.61 app, brings up an updated toolbar when you take a screenshot. As before, you get edit, share and the option to use your favorite app to send the shot, but there's a new option with the latest version: Lens. By selecting Lens, you can perform a search, do optical character recognition (OCR) or find visually similar items.
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