The Mountain View firm has subtly added the ability to scan documents, copy text and translate words within the Camera app using Google Lens. A handy update indeed.
How do you scan a document you ask? Well, all you need to do is hold your camera in front of the item you wish to scan and your Pixel will automatically issue you with a prompt that aptly reads “scan document”.
Pressing this will allow you adjust how much of the document is cropped before you’re presented with the final image. From there you’re given the option of sharing it as a PDF or a JPEG.
Translating other languages works in much the same way. All you need to do is show your Pixel text from a language it recognises (it seems to only support English, Spanish, German, Hindi, and Japanese right now) and it’ll ask if you want to “translate in Lens”.
Finally, if you hold your Pixel over text in your language, the phone will allow you to quickly copy it, search for it in Google or translate it into another dialect.
We’ve been able to take advantage of each new feature on our Pixel 4. XDA Developers has also confirmed each works on the Pixel 3, too.
Version 7.2 of Google’s camera app is also available on the Pixel 2 series and the Pixel 3a, so it’s presumed both devices are also able to make use of the new functionality. However, Express.co.uk has not been able to verify this.
Google certainly isn’t the first tech firm to embed these features in its camera app. Samsung made a big song and dance about Bixby Vision when it launched the Galaxy S9 back in 2018 that allowed the device to quickly translate different languages on the fly using the camera app.
Additionally, Chinese manufacturer Huawei has long included a dedicated “documents” mode within its camera app that allows for quick and easy scanning.
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 3 owners should be able to use the new camera features right now.