Google Assistant tests an Android device’s persistent “Search this screen” Lens button.

The What’s on my screen? button was replaced with a Lens-branded shortcut just over a year ago, but Search this screen can now take its place.

The current Lens button does not always present when Google Assistant is invoked, unlike Whats on my screen. Although it appears in Chrome and Twitter (with Read), its accessibility in third-party applications is sporadic. As a result, it cannot be dependably utilized for OCR (optical character recognition) for convenient copying or visual searches, though you can use Android’s Recents menu as a substitute.

one report today claims that a Search this screen option has started to surface in Android’s Assistant. The main change from what happened previously is how this button appears to consistently display everywhere, regardless of app or context, while having the old icon and being lens-branded. You may access the Translate, Text, Search, Homework, Shopping, Places, and Dining filters by tapping, which should also record the current screen.

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This brand-new Assistant Lens screen search button has only so far been made available to one Pixel 6 Pro user running Google app On a number of Pixel phones and other third-party devices we checked today, we weren’t seeing it. It is hoped that Google would implement this change, as it is superior to the existing strategy and will expand the use of Lens.

Google has recently been pushing its Lens technology. For instance, I’ve seen bus stop advertisements with the motto “Search what you see” that ask you to “Find that thing with Lens.”

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