Google has added a very useful feature to Google Lens, its multipurpose object recognition tool. You can now copy and paste handwritten notes from your phone to your computer with Lens, though it only works if your handwriting is neat enough.
In order to use the new feature, you need to have the latest version of Google Chrome as well as the standalone Google Lens app on Android or the Google app on iOS. You’ll also need to be logged in to the same Google account on both devices.
Simply point your camera at any handwritten text, highlight it on-screen, and select copy. You can then go to any document in Google Docs, hit Edit, and then Paste to paste the text. In addition to the new copy-and-paste feature, Google is also rolling out a pronunciation tool. Just highlight a word in Lens, and tap “Listen” to hear how it’s pronounced. This is available in Android now and coming to iOS soon. You can also now look up concepts with Lens, searching for phrases like “gravitational waves” to get in-line Google search results.