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Google Assistant ‘Search screen’ with Lens starts appearing on Pixels


What you need to know

  • Google’s promised “Search screen” feature involving Lens and Assistant starts appearing on Pixel devices in the Google app beta.
  • This feature lets users quickly search anything on their display (outside of the home screen) more consistently.
  • Google has stated users can use this feature on photos, videos, and more.

A Google Lens feature teased earlier this year has started to appear on Android devices. According to 9to5Google, “Search screen” through Lens has started appearing whenever a user pulls up the company’s AI Assistant. However, this only appears to be happening on Pixel devices running version 14.31 of the Google app beta.

Through the publication’s testing, pulling up the Assistant’s panel more consistently displays a “Search screen” button, doing away with the current “Lens” option. This chip, if tapped, will take whatever is on a user’s screen and run it through Google Lens for an internet search.