Google Maps gets integrated menu scanning from Google Lens
Last year, at Google I/O 2019, the company announced a new menu scanning feature for Google Lens. Users can open Lens and scan physical menus at restaurants to get additional information, such as highlighting popular dishes. This same feature is now being integrated into the Google Maps app.
Google Maps is a great tool for finding restaurants and it already gives you a lot of handy information. One of those handy features is the ability to see photos from other customers, which can sometimes include photos of the physical menus. This is super helpful if the restaurant still doesn’t have menus posted on their website. You can now tap the Google Lens suggestion to “Explore dishes” when viewing these menus in Google Maps.
Google Lens will highlight popular dishes and allow you to highlight text. This can bring up additional information, including photos of the dishes on the menu. You can tap on the dishes to get even more information. There is also a Lens icon in the top right corner when browsing user photos in Google Maps if you’d like to scan the physical menu while you’re at the restaurant.
This is a great example of Google integrating their apps in a useful manner. People already use Google Maps for restaurants, so it makes complete sense to bring this Lens feature over. The Google Lens integration is rolling out now for the Google Maps Android app.