Carrying a smartphone with the Google Lens app is now virtually like having a scanner in your pocket, because of an replace that copies textual content that you just see in actual life to stick to your laptop.
The update, launching on May 7, permits Google Lens to ship a web page of handwritten notes to a pc as an alternative of retyping them, together with saving different textual content like indicators and paperwork. The replace additionally permits customers to do a Google seek for highlighted textual content phrases and expands Lens’ translation capabilities with an choice to assist with pronunciation.
Google Lens can already copy text and save it to the smartphone, however the newest replace permits the smartphone to function a cellular “scanner” that sends the textual content to a pc as an alternative.
Using the Google app on iOS or the Google Lens app on Android, level the digicam at some textual content and drag to focus on. Instead of choosing the Copy textual content choice, use Copy to laptop. Head to the pc, and use the keyboard shortcut or menu choice to stick the textual content in Google Docs.
The characteristic requires each units to be signed into the identical Chrome account to speak to one another, in addition to the most recent model of Chrome. The textual content additionally must be neat and legible, however Google says the device will work with some handwriting.
Google Lens will already translate textual content, however at the moment’s replace brings a listening device that aids in pronunciation. After scanning the textual content in Google Lens, spotlight the textual content — the brand new Listen button is in the identical menu because the choices to repeat textual content or do a Google search.
Google says the device can assist apply announcing phrases and phrases when studying a brand new language.
The new Google Lens options start rolling out at the moment. The Listen choice isn’t but on iOS, however the the rest of the updates are rolling out to each the Google Lens app on Android and Google app on iOS.