Google's new app uses AI to solve math problems

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What you need to know

  • Google's latest app, Photomath, is a new addition to its lineup of AI-powered productivity tools, simplifying the process of tackling math problems.
  • Photomath allows users to solve a range of math problems by simply snapping a picture of the equation, and then it provides step-by-step explanations.
  • The app also offers a subscription option called Photomath Plus, priced at $9.99 per month or $69.99 annually.

Google's newest app is diving deeper into the world of AI-powered productivity tools, making it easier for users to tackle tricky math problems.

Google has officially welcomed Photomath into its lineup of apps (via 9to5Google). The search giant acquired the Croatia-based service in May 2022, but it took until last year to finalize the deal after the European Commission greenlighted the acquisition.

While Google's current services like Google Docs and Search already offer math-solving capabilities, Photomath takes it up a notch by providing a more convenient and efficient way to tackle those pesky math problems.

Photomath gives users the power to crack a variety of math problems, whether they're dealing with trigonometry or calculus. All you have to do is snap a picture of the equation, and Photomath provides step-by-step explanations and solving methods. You can also upload files of your math assignments. It's a game-changer for students and parents, who often check their kids' homework.

The coolest thing about this app is probably the solving steps. It doesn't just hand you the answer; it shows you how to arrive at it on your own. Plus, it works even without an internet connection.

Google offers a "Photomath Plus" subscription too, which costs $9.99 a month or $69.99 for the whole year. With this subscription, you unlock some handy extras like textbook solutions, animated tutorials, and more detailed explanations.

This app isn't exactly new; it debuted in 2014 and has racked up over 100 million downloads since then. And it's got 4.5 stars on the Play Store and 4.7 stars on the App Store. Photomath has probably gained its fame for being quick and spot-on.

Some of you may have also tried the "Homework" filter on Google Lens at some point. And it's not hard to imagine Photomath's AI getting baked into Google's products like Lens. That could take the text recognition and problem-solving features to a whole new level.

Jay Bonggolto
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Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He has been writing about consumer tech and apps for as long as he can remember, and he has used a variety of Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. Send him a direct message via Twitter or LinkedIn.

  • galaxyuser2023
    AC News said:
    Google's new Photomath app can solve problems for you with the power of AI.

    Google's new app uses AI to solve math problems : Read more
    High school students use this app primarily as a way to cheat on their math quizzes and tests. It seems like the more our technology improves the more it can be abused.
  • TheeHans
    So This is a paid version of Socratic? Kinda odd as they already have a app that does all this and more,
    Read the reviews. They will probably make you laugh.