Google Lens was first unveiled at Google I/O 2017, expected to be the spiritual successor to Google Goggles. Lens was lauded to be a next-generation computer vision product, utilizing Google's machine learning to distinguish objects and items with a smartphone camera.
At the Pixel 2 event last month, Google announced Lens would be available to preview on the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. It was supposed to be integrated with Google Assistant and Google Photos but was only found in Photos at launch.
Lens was pushed to first-generation Pixel users in Google Photos without having to update the application. XDA also has a tutorial on how to enable Lens in Photos for all Android devices with root (until it was patched shut, of course). Until recently, support for Lens in Google Assistant was absent.
However, Reddit user DHatch207 reported seeing Google Lens show up inside Assistant on his original Google Pixel running Android 8.1 beta. He said it's not necessary to take a photo using Lens, it just appeared on the screen in a separate viewfinder.
DHatch207 stated he was running Google app version 126.96.36.199.arm64, the stable version available in the Play Store which means the ability to use Lens in Assistant did not require an update for his device. Other users are reporting Google Lens in Assistant has shown up on their smartphones, but still in "Preview" mode.
Google Lens is currently only compatible with first and second-generation Google Pixels and the company hasn't announced if Lens will officially release for other Android devices. However, it's likely to occur at some point in the future.
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