Google introduces Google Goggles and new Google Maps functions
The list of novelty services by the Internet giant, however, includes two more. „What's Nearby” is a brand new search function for Google Maps that provides information about the 10 closest places of interest in your vicinity, including restaurants, shops etc. and you get it via a single screen tap. The functionality of the service will later be expanded to support product inventory information from local retailers. Similarly to Google Goggles, "What´s nearby" is currently available to people using handsets based on Android version 1.6 or newer. Everyone with an iPhone or Android cell phone, however, will soon be able to take full advantage of the new service directly from Google´s web page, by clicking the option "Near me now".
"Favourite Places on Google" is the second new service of Google Maps that provides information and customer reviews for various objects, places and venues, based on the use of unique bar code decal they get assigned.You need to install a bar code reader application to utilize the new function and at this time, the service recognizes over 100,000 objects in more than 9,000 cities in all 50 states and the number is rapidly growing.
source: Official Google Mobile Blog, more, TechRadar
1. Osukaru (Posts: 68; Member since: 02 Jul 2008)
Hmmm Is it just me or is google taking over the tech spectrum?
10. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Microsoft tried this with their tag reader app that was actually pretty good, but it never caught on... All you had to do was launch tag reader, scan a barcode or "tag" and the phoen would auto launch an internet search on the product. Google stepped it up a notch by making it just image. Hats off to google for innovation... I love microsoft products and am growing more fond of google products, a joint venture b/w microsoft and google would be sick, but i prefer they stay separate to drive competition.
3. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)
i was just saying a while ago how cool it would be to search using a picture, and here it is. more reasons i love my hero
9. Rhetoric (Posts: 74; Member since: 25 Jul 2009)
I'd be happy about this and love my Hero too...but we're running 1.5 and the app only works on 1.6+. Thanks HTC!!!!
4. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
i love google maps. it keeps getting better and better...droid FTW.
5. vzwpenguin (Posts: 16; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)
just got a droid, what should i do first or for sure get with it?
6. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
go to market and download some of the top free apps. :-)
7. vzwpenguin (Posts: 16; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)
haha of course but anything you reccomend?