Snapping someone’s pooch on the sly? Instead of asking a human being, learn what breed their pet is later with Google’s new Lens.
If you’re using Google Photos across across Android and iOS, you can use Lens to identify animal breeds from your snaps and get more information. Only a preview was made available before now, but on Wednesday, it officially rolled out.
Hitting the Lens on photos of cats and dogs in your gallery will immediately bring up what Google thinks the breed is. You can now also search through your photos by breed, species, or emoji.
Take my family dog Scout here. She is indeed a Pomeranian.
It’s not perfect, but sometimes it gets things more right than you know. Scout is indeed also people.
Dogs that are a mix of breeds are trickier. My dog, Padfoot, is a blend of Irish wolfhound and Australian cattle dog
and is better than your dog. Google’s results were a little off, or perhaps we need to put Padfoot through an episode of What’s Your Mutt?.
In some countries, you can label your pet in Google Photos too, so you can easily find them in your files. You can also find photos of them in certain situations, for example, “Padfoot park.”
You can also create a movie of your pet, in the Assistant tab. There are two new options available, “Meow Movie” and “Doggie Movie,” which will allow you to select a pet, then Google will compile a set of your photos into a movie with super cheesy “pet-themed” music — honestly, it’s preeeetty bad.