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Google Lens is sneaking onto the Pixel and Pixel XL

One of the coolest features of the new Pixel 2 appears to be making its way to older phones.

Looks like the Pixel 2's Google Lens feature could be making its way onto older Pixels.
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Google Lens isn't just for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL anymore: Reddit users report that the object-identifying software is now showing up on original Pixel phones.

In a post to the r/Android subreddit, user LaceratedCantaloupe posted "Google Lens showed up in Photos today on my 2016 Pixel XL." The post included a shot of the Google Lens screen and added, "No app update or anything. It wasn't there this morning, but it was this afternoon."

The software, which wowed us at Google I/O, is built into the new Pixel camera apps and had been expected all along to roll out to other Android phones following its debut. It uses Google's massive search database to call up information on objects in photos taken with the phone camera -- from landmarks to animals to pieces of art. It can also create a new contact on your phone by scanning a photo of a business card.

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CNET's Lynn La tested Google Lens on the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. She found it was largely accurate but not perfect yet, occasionally pulling in details for similar-looking objects instead of the ones in her photos. 

"Lens was always intended for both Pixel 1 and 2 phones," Google said in a statement. "Currently Google Lens works in Google Photos and in the Assistant. Pixel users (1+2) will get a first preview of Lens in Google Photos and the Google Assistant, which will start rolling out over the next few weeks."

Originally published Oct. 24 at 4:31 a.m. PT.
Updated at 6:31 a.m. PT: Added comment from Google.

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