Google announced last week at I/O 2022 that it would adapt over 20 of its Android applications for large-screen screens. Google Lens has earned the distinction of being the first tablet upgrade.

Lens is a component of the Google (Search) app for Android and receives updates via the app, just like Assistant and Podcasts do. Today’s beta ( version 13.19 ), which was released yesterday evening, enables Google Lens to operate in tablet landscape mode.

On both tablets and foldables, Google’s visual search function previously only opened in portrait mode. No matter how you held a large screen device, it launched that way.

You now have a widescreen UI with everything evenly spaced out as of 13.19. As a result, you can see all the filters that are accessible without having to browse the bottom carousel when using the live viewfinder. While the gallery view is full-width, the results sheet has padding to the left and right.

Google Lens tablets
Google Lens tablets
Google Lens tablets

It’s a simple update that demonstrates the abundance of first-party applications’ low-hanging fruit. The remainder of the Google app is already rather nicely tablet-optimized. This includes two-column designs in Discover and Podcasts, and padding around the edges of Search results to keep them from becoming overly broad. The Google Lens UI on phones today hasn’t changed in the meantime; it still only supports portrait orientation.

Over the coming week, the stable channel of the Google app should receive version 13.19.

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