Google releases standalone Lens App with compatibility issues

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Google’s Play Store released a standalone app version of Lens this Monday, promoting its machine learning-powered tool for identifying objects captured by a device’s camera which comes integrated into the company’s search engine and Virtual Assistant.

The Lens app amounts to a quick-launch icon for the service on Android devices where the functionality is not already built in or buried deep in menus, according to Droid Life and CNET.

Upon booting the app, users are greeted with a viewfinder that can be used to target nearby objects for analysis with Lens.

According to the Verge, Lens has previously only been integrated into native camera apps for Pixel devices and a handful of smartphones manufactured by Sony and OnePlus, though at its recent I/O developer conference Google named 10 manufacturers in total initially selected to have the functionality inserted into one of their devices.

The Verge reports that the Lens app does not seem to be compatible with all Android devices. The app operates with the Samsung Note 8, but fails to work with the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. Other users have reported the app not working on Moto Z Play, Nokia 7 Plus, and the Xiaomi Mi A1. On Google Play, the app says it requires Android Marshmallow and above.