Chrome for desktop gets reverse image search option powered by Google Lens

Source: Alex Dobie/Android Central

What do you want to know

  • Google is finally bringing Lens to the web.
  • The web version of the visual search tool is now rolling out with version 92 of Google’s Chrome browser.
  • Google Lens has been available in Chrome on the mobile web for a while now.

In April, Google Lens’ optical character recognition (OCR) feature was added to Photos on the web, allowing users to easily copy text from images. Google is currently rolling out a more comprehensive version of Lens for the desktop web with the latest Chrome 92 update (via 9to5Google).

When you right-click on an image in Chrome, you’ll now see a new “Find image with Google Lens” option. On the best Android phones, you can access the same option by long-pressing an image. After clicking the option, you will be redirected to a new Google Lens website with the searched image appearing on the left and the web results on the right of the page. Similar to Google Lens on the mobile web, you have the option to crop and focus on a specific part of the image to narrow down search results.

The Google Lens web interface also includes a “Best Match” section and a grid displaying “Similar Images” to the selected image. To search again with Google Lens, you will need to click on the “Download” option in the upper right corner of the page and choose an image from your PC.

Unsurprisingly, the web version of Google Lens doesn’t offer all the features available in the mobile app. You cannot scan QR codes or translate the words you see in real time. However, seeing how Google is slowly making Lens features available on the web, there may be a few more features coming to Chrome for desktop in the future.

In addition to bringing the AI-powered image search capabilities of Google Lens to the web, Chrome 92 also introduces a bunch of new security and privacy features. Google also claims to have made significant improvements to phishing protection with the latest version of Chrome.

Michael C. Garrison