Google working on a feature that allows Android cameras to search for information out of the box

Google working on a feature that allows Android cameras to search for information out of the box
Remember Google Goggles? The app allows you to point your Android phone's camera at a bar code, QR code, a well-known landmark or image, and receive information about it from Google's voluminous data base. Now, Google is said to be working on a way to expand the capabilities of Goggles using an Android camera right out of the box. According to a report published today that cites an anonymous source, Google has been working for some time on a feature that will give Android users the ability to use the Google Camera app and the camera on their Android phone, to seek information.

The anonymous source included an illustration showing how this rumored new feature would work. The user will use his/her finger to outline on the screen, the object that information is requested for. In the example sent by the source, a coffee mug and a tape dispenser are pictured. The mug is outlined by a finger while the other object is left alone. The Google Camera app comes back with information about the outlined object, in this case the mug, and reveals a store where it can be purchased from, and a price. And the outlining can be done in real-time before a picture is snapped, or after a photo has been taken.

Until this new feature is ready for prime time, you can still download and install the Google Goggles app on your Android phone.

Download Google Goggles (Android)

source: SlashGear



1. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

When was the last time they updated Goggles? Haven't seen it since I had my old eclair/froyo device

4. MotoFoner

Posts: 34; Member since: May 11, 2015

The few times I've tried to use Goggles over the years, it didn't ID the product I wanted.

3. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

They should buy the "Firefly" technology from Amazon. That was good, but wasn't good enough to sell the Fire phone.

5. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Been hoping for this exact feature for years and just don't know why it wasn't done years ago since you've always had to download extra modes for the Samsung camera.

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I a accidentally came across an app called CamFind when looking for some reverse image search app. It's equivalent to google goggles until google finally updates their goggles app to be compatible with later devices.

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