Google's new Lens product uses your phone's camera to do clever tricks, like connecting your phone to a WiFi network

Google announced its new Lens feature during its Google I/O event on May 17, which uses your mobile devices’ cameras to give you information about what you’re looking at.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai demonstrated Lens’ capabilities by showing how it could recognise a specific flower by using a phone’s camera. Google Assistant then offered follow-up actions, like pointing you to the nearest florist.

Another example Pichai offered was how Lens could recognise the context of what you’re doing. During the demo, a phone’s camera was pointed at a WiFi router’s password label and WiFi network name, and Google Assistant automatically connected the phone to that WiFi network.

It seems like an updated version of Google’s previous Goggles app, which had similar functions as Lens. Combined with Google Assistant, Lens is far smarter and impressive.

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