Google launches Google Lens for all the android users

At this point, this is an early release for developers and supports only Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

Google Lens, which uses AI smarts to recognise features within photographs, was previously exclusive to Google's own Pixel devices.

Also, while it's not officially confirmed quite yet, DP2 should also see Android P open up as a public beta that anyone can access if they so choose.

So, let's dive right into what Android P offers this time around.

Still, unlike last year's Android Oreo release, Android P brings with it a tonne of new features, although not all will be welcome ones. Google is adamant that this release is exclusively for developers at this point, so we don't suggest that you try downloading images right this instant to install on your personal Android device. Android P has support for IEEE 802.11mc, also known as Wi-Fi Round-Trip-Time (RTT). The company also said that compatible flagship devices will get Lens within Google Assistant as well. Is Google Lens helpful, you may ask?

While the technology is still in its infancy, the expectation is that we'll soon be able to "Shazam" the world around us using our smartphone's camera. Limited to only Pixel phones until now, Google has finally taken the shackles of this service and made it widely available across all Android phones via the Google Photos app. As far as the design language is concerned, we have known that Android follows the Material Design language which was introduced by Google with the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The Android P developer preview includes an easy way to simulate a cutout on any device it's being run on. Naturally, it goes without saying that you'll need to have a HDR-capable device if you're going want to view those HDR videos.

The API in the preview version also allows developers to select either a logical or "fused camera stream" which switches automatically between multiple cameras.

A whole host of other improvements will be included, ranging from things like better, more consistent fingerprint security support to a default Network Security Configuration that blocks cleartext traffic.

Among the features Google is now previewing is support for the cut out displays (i.e. the notch).

  • Arturo Norris