Get your Google Goggles on

  • Technology
  • Thursday, 07 Oct 2010

PETALING JAYA: Google has just updated their free app for the iPhone and while there’s the usual list of minor improvements and bug fixes, the most major update is the addition of Google Goggles.

In case you don’t already know, Google Goggles is the company’s visual search tool — you just take a photo of a landmark, an item (say, a name-brand watch), a painting or whatever and Google’s image recognition engine will recognise it and deliver search results.

While this visual search isn’t perfect — it can’t recognise apparel very well, for example — it’s very reliable in reading barcodes and even translating text from another language into English.

Google Goggles has been available on the Android for some time, but this is the first time it’s appeared on the iPhone. Google Googles is only available in the Google app for iPhones and iPod touch with built-in cameras.

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