When the Galaxy S24 launched, it got here with what one ZDNET editor known as the most “You’re watching Disney channel” feature ever: Circle to Search.
The characteristic is just like Google Lens, however as an alternative of taking a screenshot or picture over to a different app to study extra, it permits customers to do a Google seek for any picture or textual content by merely highlighting, circling, or scribbling over it (or by drawing Mickey Mouse ears if you happen to’re so inclined).
Google’s AI will then analyze what you circled. If it is a picture, it should seek for it and show comparable outcomes. If it is textual content, Search will analyze the textual content and both present search outcomes or present a solution.
Whereas the characteristic was unique to Samsung’s new flagship phones at first, Google customers can now get in on the enjoyable. Beginning yesterday, Circle to Search is on the market on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro.
Maybe the most important benefit this characteristic has over utilizing Google Lens is that it pops up in an overlay that allows you to swipe it away if you’re executed — with out navigating away out of your unique app. Plus, typically Google Lens focuses on the mistaken factor in a screenshot or picture, which means it’s important to take a really tight crop to seek for precisely what you need.
To activate Circle to Search in your Pixel telephone, simply long-press the house button or navigation bar. The app you are utilizing will pause and an overlay will pop up. From there, circle the picture or textual content you wish to search and Google will work its magic. When the outcomes are displayed, you possibly can add context or ask a particular query.
For instance, if you happen to searched to discover a museum that an influencer was standing in entrance of, you can then add “How a lot are tickets?” Or, in case your search yielded a particular plant, you can add “Is that this plant toxic to canines?”