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You will soon be able to cut and paste text using Google Lens

Google Lens capturing text from document

Google Lens is getting the ability to copy and paste real-world text, the Mountain View-based tech giant revealed today at Google I/O 2018.

Additionally, it was announced that the Lens feature will be moving into the camera app on select Android phones.


To use the copy-and-paste feature, you can simply select text in the camera like you normally would on your phone. You can also use Lens to search text, such as menu items in a restaurant, to see photos and answers about them.

Style Match allows Lens to detect certain styles in objects. Google demoed this on a lamp at the conference.


Finally, Google says in the future, it hopes to provide real-time results that work by proactively surfacing results and anchoring them to real world objects.


Apart from real-time results, the above features will be rolling out in the next few weeks and will be available in the camera app on phones from the following brands: LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony Mobile, HMD/Nokia, Transsion, TCL, OnePlus, BQ, Asus and the Google Pixel.