Google initially launched Lens on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Over the past few months, though, they have been rolling Lens out to all Android phones, and now it is available on iOS devices too, but only if you have Google Photos installed.
Google Lens is essentially a visual search tool. So when you visit a new city and want to know the name of a certain building, take a photo of it, launch Google Lens, and if Lens recognises it, you will get information about that specific building.
Google Lens works with books, landmarks, work of art, plants, animals and more. It also works with business cards, flyers, billboards, offering links to events or letting you save the contacts details to your smartphone.
To access Google Lens on your iOS device, first, make sure you have the latest version of Google Photos installed. Launch the app and open a photo. Then you tap on the Google Lens icon. You will then be given different options based on what Lens detects in the photo.
Google Lens is already a brilliant addition to Google Photos, but it has even greater potential. Thankfully, Google has exciting plans for Lens, with the artificial intelligence underpinning it to get smarter, and new ways of using it.
In the meantime, give the current incarnation of Google Lens a try.