Published: Sat, August 24, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google Photos now let you search for texts in your photos

Google Photos now let you search for texts in your photos

According to 9 to 5 Google, we might see a new feature on the Chrome app that would make it easier to search for images through Google Lens.

What's more is that once you find the photo you're looking for, you have the option of simply clicking the Google Lens button to easily copy and paste text.

While it's especially good at finding text within screenshots and other obviously-aligned words, it can also work wonders with non-standard fonts that are skewed and distorted, which is rather impressive. Now it's learning a new trick - you can search text in your images.

Google's baked-in search feature in its Photos app has always been handy in letting you scan the likes of objects, locations or even pets within your photo library courtesy of some clever AI. The use of AI and machine learning within this product allows Google to bake in features that most other solutions simply can not offer. The company confirmed the feature on Twitter after users discovered it on their own, but it's still rolling out to everyone. "Take that, impossible wifi passwords", wrote Google Photos.

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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.

Having tested this out myself on the web app and my Android phone, I can confirm these features are indeed live.

For this to work eventually, you will need to have your Google Search app installed and updated to the latest or at least new enough version. Such a feature would mean you can just point your smartphone's camera at a router's password sticker, and it will automatically connect you to that network. Google has continuously been updating the app with features such as video animation, a tool for photographing documents, cropping and more. Google says the feature is being rolled out this month, so it should be available to all users within the next few weeks. This allows it to group similar faces into folders and sub-folders.

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