This is really annoying but you can still do it with 2 extra steps:
1- search the image with brave lens
2- scroll down and press “view all”. Make sure the entire photo is selected
(This “view all” doesn’t always appear, tho)
3-You’ll be sent to the second page for some reason so scroll down and go back to the first page
Hey y’all. Found this thread because I hate the change as well. Per @rodrigoaafn 's tip to scroll down, I found that there’s actually a place that says basically, “Bummer, didn’t find what you want? Try again with Google Image Search.” Screenshot attached.
Now a one-step process is a two-step process (three if you count scrolling to the bottom of the results) and I still want them to provide the option to switch back, but at least this is a workaround.
Unfortunately this didn’t worked, I saw some other comments saying that it’s because I’m using google as my search engine, but here’s the thing: Chrome had implemented lens waaaay before this change happened on Brave, so it really seems like it was Brave’s devs decision to implement brave lens, and not because I’m using google.
It’s a shame, brave was becoming my favorite browser of all time until this, I hope this thread gets enough traction so maybe the devs will revert on their decision. I’ve yet to meet a single person on this Earth who likes google lens.
Just so y’all know, if you haven’t figured it out yet, this was an error by Brave. They use Chromium as the base and convert a lot from a Chrome into the browser. As such, they essentially do a “find and replace” in code to replace Google with Brave. Unfortunately they messed up on Lens, having converted the word for it in the toolbar. They also messed up on some versions of the browser to say Brave Web Store when talking about getting extensions, even though it still takes you to Chrome Web Store. Also searching with “Brave Lens” still takes you to Google Lens. As said, just was a bad mistake on their part where words were changed but not the actions associated.
It’s all still Google Lens and all, just coding changed the words Google and Chrome.
Developers said it’s a branding issue and they are moving to correct it. Until then, it’s basically just a glitch where we see Brave when it really means Google. It’s dumb and they need to be more cautious in the future. But yeah, that’s what it is for now
Yes, most of us thought the Google vs Brave Lens was a branding issue from the GitHub issues post where it was referenced. Many of the posts on reddit also referenced the same.
However, the major problem is that most (probably all?) do not like Google (Brave) Lens and want to go back to Google Image Search. Currently, with Chrome update 99, they do not have the option to turn Lens off and return to their preferred use state.
Currently it appears only “workarounds” and extensions are the only options. While useful, these options are not ideal and some do not work well. Most want to have Google Image Search back or at least the option to choose.
P.S. I posted about the Chrome 99 issue in two different posts in the other topic per Lens.