Google Photos is one of those apps that keeps on getting better, but not everybody knows how to get the most from it. To address that, Google is making one of its most useful features much clearer than before: the ability to recognise and interact with text in images using Google Lens technology.
The update, spotted by Android Police (opens in new tab), adds new "chips" to the interface. These are little shortcuts that provide fast access to key features, and the new ones include "copy text", "listen", "crop" and "markup". There's also a shortcut to Google Lens, which duplicates the, er, shortcut to Google Lens that's already there in the form of a big button marked LENS.
This is still a work in progress
That duplication and the slightly odd appearance of the overlay on iOS suggests that the new interface tweaks are still being tested: as AP says, they're not appearing on everybody's phones just yet so it looks like Google's engineers are still fiddling with it.
If you can't wait to see the tweaks in action, you'll need to ensure that you have the most recent version of Google Photos from either the Google Play Store or the APK Mirror, or from the Apple App Store if you're on an iPhone. And then it's just a matter of checking the app from time to time to see if the feature's been made available to you yet.
I really like the way we've just become used to things like automatic text recognition in photos, and in apps such as Google Lens: something as simple as being able to call the number in a billboard is the kind of little triumph of tech that lightens the load in myriad little ways every day.