Google Lens Now Works Via Google Assistant On All KaiOS-Powered Feature Phones In India
Google Assistant users in India using KaiOS feature phones will now have access to Google Lens, a year after the capability first expanded to India.
Anyone who owns a feature phone or other device built on the KaiOS operating system will be able to use Google Assistant to identify any text in the image and read it out loud or translate it to another language.
The feature can be accessed by heading to the Assistant (press and hold the centre button from the home screen) > pressing the camera icon > then pointing the phone at some text. Users can then have the writing read back to them if they cannot read themselves, or have it translated or defined.
Here comes the @Google Lens for #KaiOS! 🔎🔎🔎 In just a few clicks you can read the text in your preferred language. Available now in India, and stay tuned for more! https://t.co/gMZFSMBmdl pic.twitter.com/ldRauYiYcU
— KaiOS Technologies (@KaiOStech) July 22, 2020
Right now, Lens on KaiOS supports several languages including English, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, and Tamil. In the future, Google will extend support for the Kannada and Gujarati languages. Pressing the right soft key once within Assistant will let you access the different languages.
Commenting on the launch of Lens on KaiOS, Google said, “This is another step in our commitment to make language more accessible to everyone, and we hope this will enable millions of KaiOS users across the country to have a more seamless language experience.”
According to the latest information on StatCounter, KaiOS is currently the third most popular mobile operating system in India. KaiOS attempts to bridge the gap between feature phones and smartphones by keeping the former’s form factor but including some features, like Google Assistant, that you’d find on a smartphone. Due to the form factor, these devices are more affordable for those with a lower income.