Google Lens now recognizes over a billion items by reading product labels


Google Lens is probably smarter than you as it now can recognize over a billion items. The AI-powered tool is trained to read more product labels in order to recognise names and products. In addition, it gains data from photos taken on various smartphones.

The 1 billion figure is just a rough number of items that can be recognized by the app. Google Lens also gains information from a billion items listed in Google Shopping. There is a drawback to this, however, as it means that objects that aren’t too mainstream or widely known may slip by the app. Personally, I don’t think it would be too much of a bother as it casts a wide net on things that consumers mostly want to know.


Google Lens can already recognize people, Wi-Fi names and more thus far. In only a year, the app’s item repertoire grew from a mere 250000 items when it first launched to over a billion now. I’m excited to see how much more Google Lens could grow and what other functions would be able to be born from it. I’ll make sure you’ll be the first to know when you follow!