Google introduces Google Goggles and new Google Maps functions

Google introduces Google Goggles and new Google Maps functions
Yesterday Google introduced a novel, visual method of searching called the tongue-twisting Google Goggles. It allows you to find information about objects and places and the only thing you need to do is take a picture of the object you´re interested in - everything else is done automatically be the search engine. Take a look at the embedded video below to get an idea about the application and the way it works. At this time Google Goggles is available to owners of handsets running Android version 1.6 or newer and can be downloaded from Android Market right away. The guys at TechRadar report that Google will probably roll out versions for other platforms as well, since the company plans to make the visual search function widespread and available to everyone.

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



4. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i love google maps. it keeps getting better and better...droid FTW.

5. vzwpenguin

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 29, 2009

just got a droid, what should i do first or for sure get with it?

6. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

go to market and download some of the top free apps. :-)

7. vzwpenguin

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 29, 2009

haha of course but anything you reccomend?

8. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

there's lots of stuff.

3. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 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: Jul 25, 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!!!!

2. Osukaru

Posts: 68; Member since: Jul 02, 2008

I forsee Microsoft Binoculars!

10. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

1. Osukaru

Posts: 68; Member since: Jul 02, 2008

Hmmm Is it just me or is google taking over the tech spectrum?

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