Google has launched a standalone Lens app in Google Play so users can now simply access the feature if your Android device doesn’t currently offer it. The Lens app has the similar functionality as the Google Lens has elsewhere: the app uses artificial intelligence to deliver information about captured images, such as of clothes, books, and buildings. When users open the app, it directly takes them to a viewfinder where Lens examines and monitors to identify nearby objects.
Downloading the application is not enough, the Lens app is not compatible with all Android devices. For example, it works on Samsung Note 8, but not on the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. Users have also reported that the app was not working on Moto Z Play, Nokia 7 Plus, and the Xiaomi Mi A1. On Google Play, the application claims that it requires Android Marshmallow and above.
Google Lens has reached to the native camera apps of devices like the Pixel and the Pixel 2, the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, and to some newly launched OnePlus devices. During its I/O, Google said that the platform was coming to 10 different Android devices initially, but did not mention which ones besides Pixel devices. Google had only revealed the manufacturers of those additional 10 devices: LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony Mobile, HMD / Nokia, Transsion, TCL, OnePlus, BQ, and Asus. However, for the Android devices that are not on the list, the Lens app might serve to patch up any holes in coverage. But currently, plenty of users still are not able to access the new feature on their devices.