A new flavor of Google Goggles for Android is now available for download, with various enhancements and fixes packed inside.
Google Goggles is a downloadable image recognition application created by Google Inc. which can be currently found on the Mobile Apps page of Google Mobile.
It is used for searches based on pictures taken by handheld devices. For example, taking a picture of a famous landmark would search for information about it, or taking a picture of a product’s barcode will search for information on the product.
The program proposed will be able to identify virtually anything. Currently the system can identify various labels or landmarks, allowing users to learn about such items without needing a text-based search.
The system can identify products barcodes or labels that allow users to search for similar products and prices, and save codes for future reference, similar to the failed CueCat of the late ’90s, but with more functionality.
The system will also recognize printed text and using optical character recognition (OCR) produce a text snippet, and in some cases even translate the snippet into another language.
The new flavor of the app was released as version 1.8 and was made available for download on Wednesday.
Google Goggles is currently available for the following devices:
- Android devices running Android 2.1 and above. To see which version of Android you’re running, go to Settings > About phone > Android version.
- iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 devices with the Google Search App.