Google Lens, Google’s image recognition platform, makes the leap to the web for the first time with the arrival of its OCR function to Google Photos. The idea is that users who work with Google Photos directly in desktop browsers will be able to obtain the texts of the images they have saved in the service directly.
With its arrival, they will save them a series of steps related to the use of Google Lens on their cell phones to have the texts and then take them to their desktop computers, although there is the possibility that they can take the texts copied from their cell phones to their desktop computers directly with their Google accounts.
This may be the first of many upcoming Google Lens features coming to the web via Google’s ecosystem of services.
To use the OCR feature in Photos on the web, simply look for the “Copy text from image” button at the top of any photo image where there is some text (something that doesn’t always happen, given my personal experience), even allowing you to highlight specific phrases and words from which you want to get the text, subsequently opening the side menu and pressing the “Copy text” button once you have the text pinpointed.
Google Lens may come to other Google web services
It should be noted that Google has been expanding Lens over time through some of its famous mobile applications so that you can have some of its functions directly in them, instead of having to switch between applications with the native application of Lens for the use of these functions.
It will be a matter of time before we can see new Lens integrations in web-based services such as Google Images or Google Shopping, for example, given Google’s interest in increasing image recognition capabilities in many of its services, and that despite the ubiquity of mobile devices, there are cases where it is more preferable to use web browsers on desktop computers to work, given the convenience provided by the large screens of desktop computers compared to the screens of mobile devices.