Google Lens is gradually rolling out to Pixel and Pixel 2 owners worldwide

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Back in October, Google announced that its machine-learning powered visual analysis app Lens will hit Pixel and Pixel 2 phones later this year. Lens went live for the first time as a feature in Google Photos, but over the last couple of weeks, a number of reports emerged online, suggesting that Lens is also making its way to Google assistant, albeit incrementally.

In Google Photos, Lens can be activated when viewing any image by tapping the Lens icon. The process of launching Lens from within Google Assistant is similar – …


Early OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 5 camera comparison: No telephoto lens


The OnePlus 5T is leaking left and right like crazy, with an unofficial unboxing making the rounds some two days ago and a full specs sheet popping up online, seemingly revealing everything there is to know about the upcoming flagship device. But the leaks are not stopping still.

German website heise.de seems to have secured a OnePlus 5T prior to the device’s official announcement on November 16 and has already posted a brief camera comparison between the 5T and its predecessor, the OnePlus 5.
The big news here is that OnePlus has reportedly ditched …

Should Samsung have put a wide-angle lens on the Galaxy Note 8?

Dual cameras on smartphones are still a fairly new trend, but one that’s picking up fast. And there are four different ways in which manufacturers implement the technology.

The first we actually saw on the HTC One M8 years ago — a low-resolution sensor assists the “main” camera only by collecting distance information each time you take a photo. Thanks to that, users are able to return to the picture later and set background blur effects and the like. Of course, the tech back then was a bit bad and the effect was far from convincing.

Then, we have the “Huawei” …

The Trippy Clip Pryzm clip-on lens turns ordinary photos into psychedelic rock cover-art

Clip-on lens attachments are an easy and affordable way to experiment with your smartphone’s camera and make it do things that may not always be possible with software. And Pryzm Lens has a clever idea about its – by applying artful lens distortion to any smartphone’s camera, interesting creative results can be obtained.

In this case, the outcome looks downright trippy, ready for instant psychedelic rock cover art. With the Trippy Clip Pryzm lens, you will be seeing scenes from life in ways not possible even with strong mind-altering substances. Thankfully, no LSD is needed, and the experience …

Disclaimer: OnePlus 5's telephoto lens doesn't do 2x optical zoom

The OnePlus 5 has launched and, aside from a lot of hype and long, long lines at the pop-up events around the world, the phone’s early days have also been a bit… bumpy. First, there was the controversy with the handset’s actual design, being incredibly reminiscent of you-know-who. Then, the whole “benchmark cheating” ordeal. Now, there seems to be a bit of confusion around the telephoto lens’ zooming capabilities.

See, OnePlus markets it as a 2x zoom and the camera app reiterates this with a neat 1x / 2x insta-switching zoom button. Since that’s how the setup on the telephoto-equipped …

OnePlus 5 dual camera revealed: 20-megapixel Telephoto lens, with iPhone 7 Plus-like portrait mode

The OnePlus 5 will have a dual camera system that will look and feel just like the one on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus: one regular rear camera and a secondary, telephoto shooter that will be capable of blurring the background and capturing portraits, according to a report by TheVerge a day before the official launch of the OnePlus 5.
We also now have the official OnePlus 5 camera specs: the phone will have a 16-megapixel main Sony rear cam with an f/1.7 aperture lens, and a 20-megapixel secondary Sony sensor with an f/2.6 telephoto lens. OnePlus …

New version of Pinterest Lens offers recipes based on full dish recognition

Pinterest’s Lens tool is available to everyone in the United States since March. The feature received many improvements in the coming months, but one of the most significant additions has been announced today.

The Lens tool can now provide users with recipes whenever it recognizes a dish. The option wasn’t available until today, as Pinterest Lens could only offer food recipes based on the individual ingredients.

With the new ability, Pinterest Lens users can now recreate meals, so the next time they like a dish they ate at their favorite restaurant, they …

The Galaxy S8's iris scanner can be bypassed using a digital camera and a contact lens, researchers show

It’s a pretty well known fact at this point that using any form of biometric authentication, such as a fingerprint scanner or face unlocking, is essentially choosing convenience over actual security. That is, there are a ton of ways to fool the current technology, and while passwords can be changed, physical features cannot, plastic surgery notwithstanding. This has once again been proven right, as a group of researchers from the Chaos Computer Club, who have demonstrated a method for bypassing the Samsung Galaxy S8’s iris scanner.
The process, as demonstrated …

Samsung Galaxy S8+ prototype unit features dual-camera lens setup

The Galaxy S8 and its big brother were revealed last week, and customers in selected markets can already pre-order the flagships. We’ll certainly give you our take on Samsung’s latest smartphone in an in-depth review, but let’s take a moment and highlight one of the features that might not be such a significant improvement over the previous Galaxy S model, the camera.

Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature a single-lens 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual-pixel technology, just like the Galaxy S7. The South Korean company will use two suppliers for the camera: Sony and Samsung. …

Galaxy S8 and S8+ occasionally remind you to clean the camera lens for clear shots

Chances are, if you’ve ever looked for tips on how to improve your smartphone photography, you’ve likely come across a recurring advise that’s still being repeated ad nauseam – clean the lens! Clean. The. Lens. CLEAN THE LENS!

Alright already, we get it! Clean lens equals clear shots. Not that hard of a concept to wrap your head around.

Still, truth be told, smudges on smartphone cameras are a very common occurrence, and they really can lead to some less than desirable photos. Since smartphones are something that we handle extensively on a daily basis, it’s …