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  • Google Mobile App Now Includes Google Goggles


    Earlier today, Google updated its Mobile App for iPhone to include Google Goggles. Goggles first appeared about a year ago on the Android platform and is now finally available for the iPhone 4 and 3GS. This update allows users to perform search functions using pictures instead of text. For example, if a user wants to know more about a particular bridge, but doesn’t know the name of it, taking a picture in Google Goggles will bring up search results and give you more info about the bridge.

    “Goggles will analyze the image and highlight the objects it recognizes -- just click on them to find out more.” Said Milan Broum, Software Engineer for the Google Mobile Team.

    This update will be available worldwide starting today, but it is currently only enabled for English-speaking users. Also, only iPhones that have an autofocus camera will be able to use Goggles. Google states that “Computer vision is a hard problem” so this is still a Labs Product, meaning that it’s still in beta, essentially.



    Google also states that Goggles works best when taking pictures of landmarks, books, DVDs, artwork, logos, businesses, barcodes and most products. Animals, furniture and apparel probably won’t work, however, but this is sure to change as the software matures.



    Having just tried out Goggles a few minutes ago, I can tell you that it does seem to work. It correctly identified a couple of books, a soda can and a DVD. It could not identify my old Newton MessagePad 2000, however, but that’s not too surprising considering it’s been out of production for years. Now that Google can correctly recognize items in pictures, can actual Android robot be far behind?

    Source: Google
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Mobile App Now Includes Google Goggles started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      This app is 5 stars FTW!


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      So does that mean I can throw snaptell and use this app?
    1. issues636's Avatar
      issues636 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Li-ion View Post
      Looks like it's SOMEONE'S time of month.

      Also, I got it, it's awesome. Only con: it isn't a separate app. I was hoping I'd have an App called Goggles

      If someone could make an icon for it...
      +1. If I have to use the Google Mobile App anyway, I'd like to use it for everything instead of having to use all different apps. I tried setting up my Gmail through it, and there's NO NOTIFICATION SOUND O.o. There's a badge, but no popup or sound letting me know I got an email. So I'd rather Goggles just be a separate app altogether...
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by issues636 View Post
      +1. If I have to use the Google Mobile App anyway, I'd like to use it for everything instead of having to use all different apps. I tried setting up my Gmail through it, and there's NO NOTIFICATION SOUND O.o. There's a badge, but no popup or sound letting me know I got an email. So I'd rather Goggles just be a separate app altogether...
      I never use google mobile app but having goggles separately would be nice but that most likely won't happen.
    1. vincentpjimenez's Avatar
      vincentpjimenez -
      Doesnt work with the iPod touch 4g!
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Looks pretty awesome, I'll try it out.

      But I can see this app being used for.... well..... never mind we all know where this might go...
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by robertr1 View Post
      Well google does know everything... This seems like a really interesting app. I wonder just how many places it will recognize though. It seems like this is going to be a massive project for google.

      Also, by the look of that video apple needs to hurry up if they want to become skynet and take over the world one day. Google is beating them to it...
      I agree, but I doubt that Apple will make an app like this
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      Neat.

      Ive taken 2 pics, one of a magic mouse, and one of the back of a folgers can and it didnt know what they were...not sure if Ill keep this around. Doesnt seem to work THAT well.
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      Awesome, I am donloading now.
    1. BumbleBeez's Avatar
      BumbleBeez -
      It's a pretty cool app, I've had it on the Droid since I got it, so I will put it on the iphone without a doubt. I expect it will work just as well here as it does there. It's not without issues, but I almost expect them from an app of this nature
    1. TheWiredHavocMC2.0's Avatar
      TheWiredHavocMC2.0 -
      google does know everything. i asked google where to get anal sex and it came up with my wifes picture.

      not sure if thats a compliment or not?
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      ^Fail.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheWiredHavocMC2.0 View Post
      google does know everything. i asked google where to get anal sex and it came up with my wifes picture.

      not sure if thats a compliment or not?
      And the most awkward post award goes to....
    1. jhtapia's Avatar
      jhtapia -
      Looks Cool.
    1. c1ockwerk's Avatar
      c1ockwerk -
      been waiting for this app for awhile.

      great to see google opening their apps on all platforms
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Yeah the google app is legit (and old) but the google goggles is a waste of time. It's a completely pointless gimmick. Been playing with it for an hour and can't think of ONE use for this feature! Lame epic FAIL!
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      This sucks... Im still on 3.1.3. Now its getting to the time to update when things are finally all compatible with 4.0 and even require it. I think I'll wait for SHATTER... if it ever comes.

      Quote Originally Posted by zoso10 View Post
      and the most awkward post award goes to....
      ^ lmao! Xd
    1. MN1987's Avatar
      MN1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Li-ion View Post
      Looks like it's SOMEONE'S time of month.

      Also, I got it, it's awesome. Only con: it isn't a separate app. I was hoping I'd have an App called Goggles

      If someone could make an icon for it...
      Same. There's gotta be a way someone out there can make a separate app of it.