Google is rolling out a new feature where users can search with both images and text together.
The company announced Thursday a multisearch feature, available using its Google Lens tool on its iPhone and Android app.
Here’s how it works: smartphone owners pull up Lens through their Chrome app or the primary Google app. Then, they tap on the Lens icon to pull up an image or snap one with their camera.
The new multisearch will allow users to swipe up to add text to the search if they’re seeking more specific details.
In one sample search shown by Google, shoppers can search for a type of dress using an image. They could then add text such as the colour “green,” which would then turn up types of dresses in that color.
Users could also pull up instructions with multisearch. For example, a user could snap a picture of a plant with the text “care instructions” to learn how to take care of the plant.
“We’re always dreaming up new ways to help you uncover the information you’re looking for – no matter how tricky it might be to express what you need,” said Belinda Zeng, product manager for search at Google, in a statement.
Google indicated the tool, available starting Thursday, will be most helpful in shopping searches.