Google is actively implementing new features in Google Photos, thanks to the experience of the software giant in AI. The company has been playing with AI in the photos we have backed up in the cloud by automatically generating albums, movies, collages and animations. In the midst of all these sophisticated features, Google has quietly implemented a useful update of its optical character recognition (OCR) technology that will allow you to copy, search and translate text into images directly from the Google application Photos.
The feature was seen by Twitter users, after which Google confirmed its existence in a tweet of its official Google Photos ID. However, it is worth noting that this feature was already available in the Google Lens application and this update has only improved the accessibility of the feature.
You've seen it! Starting this month, we will implement the possibility to search your photos by the text they contain.
Once you find the photo you are looking for, click on the Lens button to easily copy and paste the text. Take that, impossible wifi passwords 😏
– Google Photos (@googlephotos) August 22, 2019
Using the function is quite simple. Open the image from which you want to copy / translate text and touch the Lens button . You can then select the image text in a couple of seconds once Google Lens has finished processing the image. Take a look at the image below for a better understanding.
It is not clear why Google decided not to make a dedicated blog post for this function, as it would be useful for many people. However, the function began to be implemented this month, which means that you probably have this function without even realizing it. If you cannot use the feature, make sure you have updated to the latest version of Google Photos available in the Play Store.
With this new feature, Google has leveled its game in OCR. Now that we can copy text from images, I hope Google adds a feature that allows us to find images in Google Photos by searching the text in them directly from the search box
So, did you get this new OCR feature in your Google Photos app, and if you did, did you like it? Let us know in the comments.