According to 9to5Google, Google is testing useful new UI components aimed to speed up and simplify the process of collecting textual information directly from Google Photos.
For quite some time, Google Photographs has been intelligent enough to recognise text inside your photos, allowing you to copy and paste such information as you would from a conventional text document.
According to the article, certain Google Photos users are already receiving additional pop-up options aimed to expedite this procedure. When text is detected within an image, trial users will see a row of pop-up buttons providing immediate access to chosen text-based capabilities from Google Lens, Google’s powerful image recognition technology. Among the options are ‘Copy text,’ ‘Listen,’ ‘Crop,’ and ‘Markup.’ Users who do not have the updated controls will instead see a single ‘Copy text from picture’ pop-up.
Tapping on any of the new buttons leads the user immediately to the relevant Google Lens function, avoiding the need for the user to wade through the various options available in the Google Lens interface.
This will make it faster and easier to analyse text in photos, and, perhaps more crucially, it will reveal strong but lesser-known Google Lens capabilities to people who may not have realised they existed.
Those users might thus save the needless effort of remembering material and retyping it into search boxes, or grabbing for a pen and paper.