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Google Goggles Goes to the Grave, Long Live Lens

Google Goggles has been around for years, but it hasn’t been updated since 2014. Until now. The new app kills off Goggles entirely, directing users to install Google Lens.

Google Lens is the company’s newest optical search engine that can identify objects, signs, and monuments, and give you information about what you’re seeing. You can currently use it on newer phones that support it inside the Google Photos app, in the camera, or through Google Assistant. It’s better in almost every way to Google Goggles. So it was probably high time that Google killed Goggles.

The Google Goggles app, which is still listed on the Play Store recently received an update that disables the app. Instead, you’ll be greeted with the above message directing you to try out Lens. That’s a little odd since Lens isn’t available on every phone, especially if you’re using the Google Goggles app on a very old phone. Still, the phase out had  to happen sometime. It may as well be over a year after Google launched its replacement.

Source: Android Police

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