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Google has announced that its previously Android-only Google Lens feature is now rolling out to iOS users who have the Google Photos app installed.

First unveiled last year at the Google I/O 2017 conference, Google Lens uses the company's image recognition and machine learning algorithms to identify the subjects of photos and videos and present additional helpful actions and information to the user.

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For example, if you take a picture of a business card, Google Lens will offer to save the phone number or address to one of your contacts. Similarly, taking a photo of a book, landmark, building, painting, plant or animal can throw up an option to view more details about the picture's subject.

A few things to note: Currently Google Lens only works if your device's language is set to English, and you're running the latest version (3.15) of Google Photos. You can check what version you're running in the app's settings - tap the cog icon and select "About Google Photos" in the menu. Also note that your Google Lens activity is saved to your Google Account if you have Web & App Activity turned on.

Starting today and rolling out over the next week, those of you on iOS can try the preview of Google Lens to quickly take action from a photo or discover more about the world around you. Make sure you have the latest version (3.15) of the app.https://t.co/Ni6MwEh1bu pic.twitter.com/UyIkwAP3i9 - Google Photos (@googlephotos) March 15, 2018

If you still don't see the Google Lens icon when viewing individual photos or videos, it's likely the feature hasn't reached your region yet. Google says the update is being released in batches and all devices should receive it soon.

Google Photos is a free download for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Google Lens Currently Rolling Out to iOS via Google Photos App
 

maflynn

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I'm still not a fan of Google's services. You give them the right to use your images as they see fit, and that's something I'm not willing to accept.

Again, when the service is free, you are the product.
 

Shanesan

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I'm still not a fan of Google's services. You give them the right to use your images as they see fit, and that's something I'm not willing to accept.

Again, when the service is free, you are the product.

You can always fix that issue by paying for GSuite. Then you're protected by their business license which is a lot more restricted than their personal license.

If you don't want to be the product, Google lets you pay.
 

69Mustang

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I'm still not a fan of Google's services. You give them the right to use your images as they see fit, and that's something I'm not willing to accept.

Again, when the service is free, you are the product.
Are you referencing this little excerpt from Google's Terms of Service? "...you grant a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content on the Service solely for the purpose for which such Content was submitted or made available, without any compensation or obligation to you. "
If you are, you're interpreting incorrectly. You're free to feel what ever way you want about Google, but at least base it on a proper interpretation of the facts.
 

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You can always fix that issue by paying for GSuite. Then you're protected by their business license which is a lot more restricted than their personal license.

If you don't want to be the product, Google lets you pay.
Wow, you get quite a lot there for $10 a month.

Icloud costs 1c less and all that gives you is 1TB storage.
 

maflynn

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If you are, you're interpreting incorrectly. You're free to feel what ever way you want about Google, but at least base it on a proper interpretation of the facts.
What's the proper interpretation?
 

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It's great that Google offers their services/products for iOS. I get why, it's good for them financially. It's also good to have choices and Google photos is in my opinion superior to Apple's offering.
 

69Mustang

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What's the proper interpretation?
Companies need your permission to make copies of your content (example archiving), display it in different formats (example convert video format), display it on different devices. Also that language is boilerplate legalese. In fact, it's so boilerplate I didn't even need to pull it from Google. I pulled it from Apple's iCloud Terms and Conditions. Part V (5), section H, sub-section 1. Could have pulled it from Facebook... heck I could have pulled it from Yahoo.

Love 'em or hate 'em, doesn't really matter. But at least let the emotion be driven by an understanding of the issue.
 
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maflynn

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Companies need your permission to make copies of your content (example archiving)
that's not what the TOS you quoted states, its not a boilerplate release to allow them to archive or make copies. Your quote states very plainly that you give google complete and full rights to your image to do anything and use your image without any further consent or notification.

Google's Terms of Service? "...you grant a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content on the Service solely for the purpose for which such Content was submitted or made available, without any compensation or obligation to you. "
[doublepost=1521207835][/doublepost]Its my images and I choose to not let google use, alter, copy, adapt, publish or display my images. Others do, and that's their choice but for me, I prefer protecting my rights and my images.
 
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Shanesan

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Its my images and I choose to not let google use, alter, copy, adapt, publish or display my images. Others do, and that's their choice but for me, I prefer protecting my rights and my images.

Which is all protected in a GSuite license. You are welcome to not use Google because they will redistribute your content on a free license, but you can't create the same argument when you're given an alternative.

Just say it like it is, "I don't like Google because I want free as in 'free beer' while not losing my free as in 'freedom'. Thusly I want something for nothing for I will not pay Google."

This is a perfectly valid excuse and nobody will be mad at you for it.
 

maflynn

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Which is all protected in a GSuite license. You are welcome to not use Google because they will redistribute your content on a free license, but you can't create the same argument when you're given an alternative.
I'm not talking about the GSuite License, and as I stated, I'm choosing not to use Google's free service.
 
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GrumpyMom

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that's not what the TOS you quoted states, its not a boilerplate release to allow them to archive or make copies. Your quote states very plainly that you give google complete and full rights to your image to do anything and use your image without any further consent or notification.


[doublepost=1521207835][/doublepost]Its my images and I choose to not let google use, alter, copy, adapt, publish or display my images. Others do, and that's their choice but for me, I prefer protecting my rights and my images.
Whoa, I think @69Mustang just said he actually got that quote from Apple. :eek:

Edit to add that I just clicked the link provided and yes it’s right there where he said it is.
 

69Mustang

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that's not what the TOS you quoted states, its not a boilerplate release to allow them to archive or make copies. Your quote states very plainly that you give google complete and full rights to your image to do anything and use your image without any further consent or notification.


[doublepost=1521207835][/doublepost]Its my images and I choose to not let google use, alter, copy, adapt, publish or display my images. Others do, and that's their choice but for me, I prefer protecting my rights and my images.
Respectfully, please re-read my comment. The archiving was an example, just as the displaying in different formats was an example. So was displaying on different devices. None were meant to be all encompassing.

More importantly, did you not read where I stated the language was not even from Google. It's from Apple. I even included the link. My point is you're not protecting anything. You're giving Apple the exact same permissions. If you use FB, you're giving those permissions to them. Pretty much any photo service you use has that exact same language.
 

MacFan23

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Isn't this just Google Goggles?
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Indeed, and use the Apple photos service instead. Shame it isn't in the same league.

Based on this comment I just went and downloaded the Google Photos app. I honestly can't see what makes it a league ahead of Photos. What am I missing?
 

maflynn

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Respectfully, please re-read my comment. The archiving was an example, just as the displaying in different formats was an example. So was displaying on different devices. None were meant to be all encompassing.
Fair enough, I admit, I was mistaken, when you mentioned you referenced the google TOS but used Apple's.
 
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Zaren

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Respectfully, please re-read my comment. The archiving was an example, just as the displaying in different formats was an example. So was displaying on different devices. None were meant to be all encompassing.

Or an even better example, a printing service that they offer.
 

gwhizkids

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OK, TOS aside, if you scan a business card, does it save to your iOS contacts or your Google contacts? I'd definitely find the former a lot more useful.
 

Madmic23

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Fair enough, I admit, I was mistaken, when you mentioned you referenced the google TOS but used Apple's.

I always chuckle a little when people think Google’s terms of service allow them to use your photos for whatever they feel like. They don’t do that. Your photos and your documents are yours and yours alone.

Google makes this statement to clarify things:

How do the Terms of Service affect me?
“As our Terms of Service state, "You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours."

“We do not claim ownership in any of your content, including any text, data, information, and files that you upload, share, or store in your Drive account. What our Terms of Service do is enable us to give you the services you want — so if you decide to share a document with someone, or want to open it on a different device, we can provide that functionality.”


Sounds pretty reasonable, right?

Now read this one from Apple about what they’re allowed to do with your iCloud Drive files:

Removal of Content
“You acknowledge that Apple is not responsible or liable in any way for any Content provided by others and has no duty to pre-screen such Content. However, Apple reserves the right at all times to determine whether Content is appropriate and in compliance with this Agreement, and may pre-screen, move, refuse, modify and/or remove Content at any time, without prior notice and in its sole discretion, if such Content is found to be in violation of this Agreement or is otherwise objectionable.”

So even though Apple loves talking about privacy, they have the right to examine your files and delete anything they don’t like without telling you.
 
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