Google Lens finally arrives on Google Chrome to facilitate searches
Users of the Canary version of Google Chrome, the developer-only version, can now use Google Lens in their searches. With this option, all you have to do is select a part of an image or a web page and then launch a search via Google Lens.
Since 2018, Google Lens has been available in France on all Android smartphones. This technology from Google allows you to search for an object, a text or a person by simply taking a photo. In other words, it is a visual search engine. This tool is extremely useful for copy and paste into a text editor, to obtain information on a product in store, etc. The potential uses are many.
Only, Google Lens was currently only available on Android smartphones. However, Google has just announced this Thursday, July 22, 2021 the arrival of Google Lens on Google Chrome. Indeed, according to our colleagues from the 9To5Google site, the tool is being deployed on the latest Canary version of Google Chrome, or the version reserved for developers.
Thanks to the integration of Google Lens, all you have to do is right-click on a particular page or element. You will find in the context menu a new tab called Find an image with Google Lens. After clicking, a selection window, similar to the one you can find on photo editing software like Photoshop, will appear.
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How to use Google Lens on Google Chrome
You will only have to circle the part of the page you want to search and you’re done! You will then be taken to a Google Lens page with lots of results relevant to your search. If you are a Google Chrome Canary user, note that you will need to perform a little manipulation to use Google Lens on your browser:
- Launch Chrome Canary and visit the chrome: // flags page
- Look for the option Enable Lens Region Search (Activate the Google Lens search by region)
- Use the drop-down menu to activate the option
- Restart Google Chrome Canary
After doing this, you will be able to use Google Lens as part of your Google Chrome searches. For now, it’s impossible to know when Google plans to offer this feature to the general public, but its arrival on Chrome Canary gives us hope for an arrival in the coming weeks. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.