Google app checks ‘Smart Screenshots’ device with redesigned toolbar, Lens integration

Over the weekend, we spotted and enabled a brand new “Smart Screenshot” device within the Google app beta. It’s now stay for some customers and delivers a extra helpful expertise that provides highly effective Google Lens integration.

It replaces the Google app’s current “Edit & share screenshots” capacity the place captures made inside Search might be shortly cropped and annotated. Those instruments are nonetheless out there and sizably upgraded. The outdated and new performance might be turned on by visiting Settings > General.

Taking a screenshot within the Google app — together with Discover articles, Search outcomes, and different Chrome Custom Tabs — will slide up a brand new bar that respects Android 10’s system-wide darkish theme.

At the very left is a full preview of what you simply captured with an edit icon overlaid. This backside bar helps you to crop and doodle with high-level undo/redo controls on the high. “Draw” options 19 colours and a dimension selector with six increments.

Back on the primary Smart Screenshot toolbar, which apparently options an Assistant-esque mild bar, you possibly can share the screenshot with a frequent goal highlighted on the proper or by way of the system sheet.

The most essential addition is Google Lens, which takes no matter you captured for evaluation. This permits you to entry the OCR Text functionality to shortly copy, Translate, and different filters added at I/O 2019.

The Smart Screenshots characteristic has been enabled on my Google Account throughout a number of Android 10 gadgets operating the Google app 10.61 beta. However, it’s not extensively rolled out on different accounts we checked immediately.

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