Google Lens is a popular tool that helps those smartphone users who deal with language challenges and reading disabilities. It leverages Google’s Knowledge Graph, machine learning and computer vision technologies to copy and paste text from images, identify real-world objects, and more.
The search giant announced a new version of Google Lens at I/O 2019. The new version was specifically designed for Google Go. Google has recently released Google Go for all Android users. It supports basic smartphones so that number of people can take advantage of the features. Notably, the tool now offers many interesting features.
As soon as you point your camera at some text that you are unable to understand, Google Go performs two functions. It can either read it aloud or translate it as per your specific needs. Moreover, the read-aloud feature highlights individual words so that you can follow along.
However, the translation service is one of the most impressive features that grabbed many eyeballs. Google Go uses the Lens to perform a real-time translation of text from more than one dozen languages. According to Google, instant translations are available because of the reduced size of the dataset. Here is how Google’s text recognition feature works:
After Lens in Google Go captures an image, it needs to make sense of the shapes and letters that constitute the words, sentences and paragraphs. To do this, the image is scaled down and transferred to the Lens server, where the processing will be performed. Next, optical character recognition (OCR) is applied, which utilizes a region proposal network to detect character level bounding boxes that can be merged into lines for text recognition.
This feature is extremely useful for all those users who experience issues while understanding some particular languages. Consider a scenario when you visit a country where only a few people know English. At the time of its release, Google Go was initially restricted to Android Go devices. The company has now made it available for all users on the Google Play Store.
It is worth mentioning that you need to provide high-quality images so that Google Go can identify the text, understand and translate it so that it can read it aloud. If you are interested to play around with the new features, download Google Go from Google Play Store.