A tweet by Google has announced that it is under the process of adding new AI features on its Google Lens platform which will allow users to search your Google Photos library for a text that is present within photos and screenshots.
This has been added up with another feature that will then enable users to easily copy and paste that text into either a note, document, or form.
Both of these new features make the use of optical character recognition (OCR) technique developed upon Lens’ existing ability to understand and pull out the text found within photos and the copy/paste option could be seen as an advanced built up – working on a screenshot or a photo of a physical sign or document.
According to 9to5Google, these features have been made available now on Android devices, though its activity on iOS is relatively unknown. You may already be able to search your photos for text using Google Photos on the web check it out for yourself now!
Google is under the attempt of positioning the Lens feature as a method to easily snag a confounding Wi-Fi password, but it can also be used to grab any portion of text from any photo or screenshot in your Google Photos library on a case-by-case basis.
What is relatively more impressive is the ability to search for any snippet of text without having to make the selection of a photo first. Which Primarily suggest that Google is performing OCR on your entire photo collection automatically without you having to stress.
“Starting this month, we’re rolling out the ability to search your photos by the text in them,”
Google wrote in response to prominent venture capitalist Hunter Walk, who noticed earlier this week that the Lens feature had been turned on for his account.
“Once you find the photo you’re looking for, click the Lens button to easily copy and paste the text. Take that, impossible wifi password.”
Google Lens has added the ability to search the web for photos of menu items, add contact information from a business card to your address book, and all manner of other OCR-related tricks since the time an announcement related to it was made back in 2017 regarding the various aspects of recognizing tools.
But these new Photos features seem like a more large-scale deployment of the AI technique, done so on a user’s entire library to make it searchable and to give you the ability to pull that text out of photos.