#google says its new image search features are like ‘Ctrl+F for the world around you’

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“Near me” lets you search for pictures of objects locally. | Image: Google

At Google I/O, Google senior vice president Prabhakar Raghavan announced new enhancements for its Lens multisearch tool, which lets you conduct a search with just an image and a couple of words.

A new mode, called “near me,” will let users take a photo of an object and then find results locally. As Raghavan explained, you’ll be able to take a photo of a dish and then search for restaurants that serve that specific food. Google will then display a list of relevant restaurants near you. To make this feature happen, Google scans relevant photos from websites, as well as those posted by reviewers, and then matches them to the one you uploaded. Near me will be available in English later this year and will expand to more languages “over time.”…

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