Google Photos has been known for its AI engine and the ability to search by objects in your images looking for specific colors, animals and face expressions. Now it’s learning a new trick – you can search text in your images. Not only that but it will also provide it to you in plain form for editing.
Currently, you can go into your Google Photos app and type any text you know is on a screenshot or a photo. If you want to copy it, just click the Lens button on the bottom and you’ll have highlighted words for copy/paste. However, our experience with some handwritten notes shows that Google struggles with cursive as well as less known words and abbreviations.
I also just discovered it does OCR on everything uploaded pic.twitter.com/IoPsdzz5sf
— Can Duruk (@can) August 21, 2019
The search-by-text feature also works on your desktop browser, but you can’t use Lens for obvious reasons. It is also struggling with wavy words and foreign symbols, so, for now, you should stick to printed letters and well-known fonts.
A quick experiment revealed that the Google engine can recognize a Nissan car on the streets, but cannot process an invitation with the word “nissan” on it, so the service still needs time to be perfected.