In a recent update, Google Photos added the ability to recognize the words in your photos by harnessing the power of Google Lens.
Google Photos for any smartphone is a must-have in my opinion. The unlimited high-quality backup and fast loading of thousands of photos at your fingertips are unrivaled and the offering keeps getting better. A series of tweets led me to find that the team had added the ability to use optical character recognition to scan your photos and allow you to highlight the actual text.
I tested it myself and was very impressed with the results. It is simple to use and not in the way.
The official Google Photos Twitter account had a great example of how to use it.
I must admit I hate entering the long hard WiFi passwords, so this makes the app just a little more useful. It appears that a wealth of machine learning has helped make this implementation more impressive than traditional OCR that only catches clear words. I tested an example of a poster we made at an art show with handwriting and it nailed just about letter! See all the highlighted text it in found in the image below.
Do you use Google Photos? Is this a cool feature you could see yourself benefiting from? I know I will be using it.