It’s becoming increasingly difficult to enable Google Lens in the camera app on Pixel phones

In general, application updates make it easier to use, but Google has done the exact opposite with its camera application on its Pixel smartphones. Google Lens functionality is now harder to find.

Google just updated its camera application on its Google Pixel smartphones. The new version with the number 8.7.250 should not please everyone. Indeed, the American giant seems to have postponed its Google Lens functionality in Mays therefore made activation more difficult.

Previously, the Google Pixel Camera application had the benefit of offering a shortcut to enable Google Lens functionality. As a reminder, with the latter you can search the web for what your smartphone’s photo sensors see or automatically translate a text. Until now, however, it was sufficient to press and hold the screen to activate Google Lens This shortcut was eventually replaced with a dedicated button.

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Google Lens now has its own button

Upon opening the new version of the camera app, Google Pixel users were greeted with a message from Google telling them that “Google Lens has moved to modes”. Now you need to enable Google Lens Go to the last “Modes” tab of the application on the right, just after “Cinematic”.

You will find three different functions: Panorama, Photo Sphere and Lens. As a result, it now takes several seconds to access Google Lens functionality instead of simply clicking on the screen with the shortcut. One wonders why Google hasn’t kept the latter while adding a dedicated button. However, A button will likely clarify the existence of the feature for those who didn’t know.

To comfort you, we remind you that Google recently rolled out the December update for its Pixel smartphones. Unlike the new version of the camera app, it brought many new features including a VPN, clear calling and even speaker labels on the latest Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. The other old smartphones have not been forgotten either and benefit from other features.

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