Google first announced Lens back at Google I/O earlier this year, promising to revolutionize vision-based computing. The technology opened the door to hundreds of possibilities; everything from offering you reviews and additional information about the restaurant across the street from you by pointing your camera at it to identifying a species of flower by pointing your camera at it. It made its debut in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL when they were announced earlier this month, and today we have received confirmation that it no longer a Pixel 2-exclusive feature.
A number of Reddit users pointed out that Google Lens rolled out to their Pixel and Pixel XL's via a Google serverside update (meaning no additional Google app update was required). For those users who did receive the update, a prompt appeared at some point during the day when Lens had completed installation:
It is worth noting that the image sadly states "Pixel preview", meaning non-Pixel users will have to wait a little while longer before being able to use Google Lens on their devices. For those who have recieved the update, Lens can be accessed in a number of ways; the easiest of which is through the Google Photos app, where the Lens icon should have replaced the standard information icon.
What do you guys think? Are you happy to see this arriving on the older generation of Pixels? Are you unhappy that Google is rolling out more and more software as Pixel-exclusive to begin with? Let us know in the comments, or post over on the forums with your thoughts.