Tech News: Google Lens surpassed 500 million downloads on the Play Store.
Another major Google app has now hit the milestone of 500 million installs on the Google Play Store – this time it’s Lens’s turn. After launching about three years ago, Google Lens is one of those often forgotten apps that has a ton of utilities under the hood that you may not be aware of. The Google Lens app itself has only been available as a separate entity since 2018, which puts into perspective how impressive the milestone of 500 million installs truly is.
Having personally used it for translating maps and road signs when travel was a normal part of daily life, I can personally attest to how useful Google Lens is just to have on hand. However, this is just scraping the tip of the iceberg, as Google Lens can do a lot more, including scanning QR codes, pulling text from pictures, solve equations, help you get the best deal when you shop and so much more.
Google Lens doesn’t actually come pre-installed on devices, which means most downloads are from people who actively choose to grab it from the Play Store. Some features have been introduced in the Google Camera app over time, but Lens has some unique options that you won’t get without downloading it or using a alternative.
We won’t say that Google Lens is 100% accurate most of the time, but it comes very close, and while it’s a reliable and relatively lightweight way to scan QR codes, we think it’s a must to download or install on your Android. device.