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Google Lens comes to OnePlus Camera app via APK

The APK was tested on the OnePlus 6, but it should be compatible with other OnePlus smartphones.

Published onJune 20, 2018

An image of the OnePlus 6 held out in a person's left hand with the screen on.
  • An updated version of the OnePlus Camera app features Google Lens integration.
  • The APK might have originated from the OnePlus 6’s second Android P Developer Preview.

Already available in the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact’s default camera app, Google Lens is now supported within the OnePlus Camera app.

Android Police spotted the updated app, which initially arrived in the Android P Developer Preview 2 for the OnePlus 6. Once you install the APK and open the stock camera app, you can get to the new Google Lens shortcut when you swipe up to bring the available camera modes.

Even with the new integration, functionality remains the same. Google Lens features real-time search that automatically loads results as you pan to different objects, copies and pastes text from real-world objects, and identifies articles of clothing and furniture.

You can also use Lens to identify landmarks, products, animals, and more, as well as add events to your calendar and add contact information.

Those slick, new Google Lens features are rolling out now — here's how they work
The new Google Lens update.

The good news is that you do not have to own a OnePlus 6 to get the updated OnePlus Camera app up and running. Because it exists as an APK and not as a software update, the app should work on older OnePlus smartphones too.

The APK should be out in the wild now if you want to install it right away, otherwise, you can wait for an official OTA.

Even if you do not own a OnePlus smartphone, Google Lens could show up on your own handset soon. During its developer conference, Google said that itself, LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, HMD Global/Nokia, ASUS and other manufacturers will eventually feature Lens in the default camera app.

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