Google has unveiled an intuitive feature called “Circle to Search,” which provides a straightforward method to access information on your Android smartphone.
The functionality is as simple as it sounds – users can circle an object on a photo or web page on their phone screen, tap a button, and instantly receive a page filled with relevant Google search results.
Initially launched on five phones, including Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series and Google’s Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, this feature aims to simplify search processes.
Circle to Search shares similarities with Google Lens but expands its usefulness by allowing users to employ it within any app on their device.
Activated by a long press on the home button or navigation handle, Circle to Search overlays on the current app or screen.
Users can circle, highlight, or tap on text and images.
During a demo on a Galaxy S24, the feature showcased efficient isolation of search subjects, offering practical and useful results.
While not revolutionary, Circle to Search eliminates the cumbersome steps of taking screenshots and navigating between apps, presenting itself as a logical and handy addition.
Accompanying Circle to Search is an enhancement to Google’s multisearch feature.
Multisearch, an existing Lens feature, permits users to modify visual searches.
The updated multisearch allows users to add complex questions to refine visual searches.
For instance, users can take a picture of a car, add it to the search, and inquire about gas mileage and average maintenance costs.
While Circle to Search is available on specific premium Android phones, the enhanced multisearch will be accessible in the Google app for Android and iOS devices and is currently limited to the US.