July 19, 2024

Google’s New QR Code Scanner for Android Phones

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No More Squinting at Far Away QR Codes

Have you ever struggled to read a QR code on your Android phone because it was too far away? Well, Google has come to the rescue with their new code scanner that automatically detects QR codes in the camera frame, zooms in, and reads them for you. No more squinting or struggling to get a clear shot!

What’s the Buzz About?

Google has updated their code scanner API with this new feature, allowing developers to implement it into their apps. This means that soon you won’t have to grant camera permissions for QR code scanning in certain apps. It’s a win-win situation – developers save time by not having to build a custom experience, and users can enjoy the convenience of scanning QR codes without worrying about privacy.

How Does It Work?

The magic behind this new feature lies in Google’s on-device machine learning. The API leverages this technology to interpret QR codes and outputs a Barcode object to the app. While we’re not exactly sure what’s happening under the hood, it’s safe to say that AI upscaling is involved. After all, AI is making waves in various forms of media these days!

When Can You Get It?

According to Android expert Mishaal Rahman, this easy QR code scanning feature could potentially be available on devices running Android 13 or newer. It’s all thanks to the ML Kit Barcode Scanning library, where this feature is being added. In fact, it may already be rolling out via GMS (Google Mobile Services) to select manufacturers.


Say goodbye to the frustration of trying to read far away QR codes on your Android phone. With Google’s new code scanner, you’ll never have to squint again. Get ready for a seamless scanning experience that saves you time and hassle. Stay tuned for updates on when this feature will be available on your device!

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