Google Lens for Android gets shortcut to start Image Search

Google Lens now has a shortcut — introduced to desktop earlier this year — that lets you quickly access the Image Search experience on Android.

After analyzing an image with Google Lens on Android, some users will see a new round button at the bottom right, just above the results sheet. Tapping on the globe with a magnifying glass icon will open Google Image Search on the web with that image and search query already filled in.

Some people have long favored Image Search over Google Lens, and the company acknowledged that in April by introducing the “Find image source” shortcut into the results. Now that’s finally coming to the mobile experience.

If you have to use Google Lens first, there’s still an extra step compared to the previous workflow on mobile (right-clicking images in Chrome), but it’s better than having to download an image and go to manually to go to upload.

The Search Image Source button has not yet been rolled out to all Google Lens mobile users.

Meanwhile, Pictures Search on mobile is testing a redesign where the search filters (All, Pictures, Videos, News, etc.) are accompanied by icons, like on desktop, while pill-shaped buttons are now used.

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