Google Goggles has finally come to the iPhone as a feature in Google Mobile search App. It took Google nearly a year to put Googles into its mobile search app for iPhone. Android users have been enjoying Google Goggles since December last year.
For those of you who don’t know, Google Goggles is a downloadable image recognition application. 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.
In the new version of Google Mobile App just tap on the camera button to search using Goggles. Goggles will analyze the image and highlight the objects it recognizes — just click on them to find out more.
Computer vision is a hard problem and Google Goggles is still a Labs product. It works well for things such as landmarks, logos and the covers of books, DVDs and games. However, it doesn’t yet work for some things you might want to try like animals, plants or food.
Google Mobile App with Google Goggles is now available in the Apple App Store. Just search for “Google Mobile App” and download the latest version – it’s free. It will gradually be appearing in all App Stores around the world starting from today.