Google made big changes to Lens at its I / O conference last year by turning your phone’s camera into a powerful search tool. With one of the key features, you can point your camera at a restaurant menu and it will highlight the most popular dishes and even translate menu items. Now Google has made this feature much more useful in Google Maps by intelligently searching for menu photos taken by restaurant patrons, 9to5Google reported.
For example, if you search for “restaurants” in Maps, Google will present a list of them in your neighborhood, along with the usual overlay of “menus”. When you tap it, photos taken by customers (if available) are displayed, along with a suggestion bullet titled “explore the dishes”. Tapping on it brings up the Google Goal, which displays a list of highlighted and starred dishes gleaned from reviews.
By tapping on a certain item, you will see the dish, as well as photos also taken by customers. You can then choose to search for that dish to see what it is, or use Google Translate to display it in your native language.
The feature shows how Google is starting to connect multiple features and apps to improve user experience. It allows you to switch from a restaurant search in Maps to Lens, which in turn draws on user photos and examines information from Maps. He can then automatically open Translate if necessary. The ‘explore dishes’ feature started rolling out to Android last night, so it should arrive on your own smartphone in due course.
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