Dedicated Math apps - like the one from Microsoft - come really handy in helping students understand (and solve) complicated problems.
They have been around for years, but the current COVID-19 situation has made widespread availability of such tools more important than ever.
Now, to ensure this, Google is bringing math-solving capabilities into one of its most popular native apps - Lens.
During a teardown of the latest version of Google Lens, the folks at 9to5Google unearthed code strings indicating the development of a 'math equation mode' for the visual search tool.
The mode, according to the outlet, is still in development but may eventually help students scan problems to get their solutions, along with the steps required to get to those solutions.
In its current form, the Lens app does not recognize solvable problems; in fact, if you scan a problem, it only surfaces similar images that you can use to copy text from.
The only thing in the app that remotely relates to calculations right now is its tip calculator, which comes with the dining mode of Lens, along with bill-splitter.
Google has not said anything about bringing math-solving capabilities into the Lens app.
The feature remains in development, but given that online education is the need of the hour, there is a good chance that we might see its integration soon.
It also remains unclear whether the functionality would debut as a new filter or as part of an existing one.
If Google actually launches math-solving capabilities for Lens, it would be a natural upgrade for the visual search tool that already lets you search objects from images, among many other things.
Notably, the internet giant could even leverage its acquisition of AI study tool Socratic to make Lens match the likes of dedicated math apps in the market.
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