Google unveiled new features for Google Lens back in March, that included an offline translation and an Education mode. Now, a recent tip has revealed that Lens will solve math problems when the smartphone’s camera is pointed to an equation in addition to a new “Places” mode that aids users in recognizing famous buildings.
According to XDA,the new Education and the Places modes were spotted during the latest roll-out of the Google Lens app. By enabling the new Education mode, users can point their smartphone’s camera app to an equation and Google solves them. It makes use of Google’s AI to analyse the problems and display the solution. This feature resembles a similar functionality like Microsoft’s Math solver.
The homework helper in Google Lens can search for answers on Cymath, MathPapa, and everyone's favorite Wolfram|Alpha. pic.twitter.com/n9zkNmdqj2
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) May 12, 2020
Additionally, this feature also brings related searches from the web and shows the users how it reached the solution. However, there is no information about the current mode’s additional features and whether it will solve complex equations like the Microsoft’s Math solver application, in the future.This feature resembles a similar functionality like Microsoft’s Math solver.
Further, there is another mode called Places. Apparently, this mode lets users recognize known buildings or famous landmarks by pointing the smartphone’s camera at them. However, the feature didn’t seem to work when tried with images of buildings from the phone. The real-world live recognition of the buildings is something that has to be tested for effectiveness
However, we are not sure if the recognition of landmark images feature will be added to the mode. That being said, there is no information from Google regarding the features and release date of these modes to the public.