QR codes could have been round because the mid-Nineteen Nineties, however they’ve turn out to be extra fashionable than ever in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic—you may discover them on cellular orders, Instagram, and even in Android’s Wi-Fi settings. Whereas these boxy, sq. designs could seem to be gibberish at a look, they provide a variety of contactless comfort in our socially distant occasions. With this in thoughts, it was solely a matter of time till appropriate scanners began showing on different platforms, together with Chrome OS.

As seen in a current Canary channel replace, a QR scanner toggle will present up on the Digicam app’s proper facet, shifting its numerous modes in direction of the underside. Turning on the QR scanner will show a defined field within the heart of the viewfinder. Here is what it seems like.


The Chrome OS Digicam app’s QR scanner reads a random code I created.

The scanner’s performance could be very simple. Place any QR code throughout the sq. within the viewfinder, and the Digicam app will immediately scan and output no matter was on the code in direction of the highest of the app. I examined a number of QR codes (made utilizing Chrome’s experimental QR code generator) and it learn all of them with out subject. You possibly can solely copy textual content and URLs to the clipboard, however I think about you’ll soar to a webpage immediately from the Digicam app additional down the highway. I attempted scanning a barcode imprinted on a cereal field, however the app couldn’t learn it (which should not be a deal-breaker for many).

Whereas I can see this function being helpful in sure conditions, I want the total Google Lens expertise was integrated into the Chrome OS Digicam app as an alternative. Along with QR codes, Google Lens can translate textual content in real-time, determine pictures, and even remedy pesky homework issues step-by-step. Even so, the Digicam app will immediately turn out to be extra versatile and helpful to many individuals—it is undoubtedly a step in the best course.