Google Goggles for Android Now Sports Opt-In Background Photos Recognition

Posted by at 1:53 pm on September 14, 2011

Google has updated its free Google Goggles ​app today. The new version will now analyze a photo taken with an Android-based smartphone, and if it contains any items that Goggles can recognize, it notifies the user and provide extra information. Goggles is an opt-in feature, and photos taken with a phone’s camera will only be seen by Goggles if the user enables the Search from Camera feature.

This new feature to Google Goggles builds upon its main features. It already looks for barcodes, QR codes, products for sale, translatable text, adding business cards, basic text conversion, and even Sudoku puzzle solving.

It’s not clear if or when this feature will come to Google Search for iOS devices, which first became available last October.

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