Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The Google Goggles client for Android has gotten an update to version 1.3 today, along with the Goggles component of the iPhone’s Google Mobile App and the new version brings along a whole lotta nicies!
For one thing, there’s almost instant scanning of barcodes now:
BarcodesWhen shopping offline, it’s helpful to be able to learn more about a product by scanning its barcode. With the new Android version of Google Goggles, scanning barcodes is much faster. Open Goggles and hover over the barcode or QR code. Within a second the phone gently vibrates and presents results, without requiring a button press. Simply tap on the result to read product reviews, check in-store availability and compare prices.
Goggles can now also take a picture of print ads, and give you web search results for it. Very cool!
Print ads in magazines and newspapersWe’re excited to take another step in our vision of connecting offline media to online media. The next time you’re flipping through the pages of your favorite magazine, try taking a picture of an ad with Goggles. Goggles will recognize print ad and return web search results about the product or brand. This new feature of Goggles is enabled for print ads appearing in major U.S. magazines and newspapers from August 2010 onwards.
And best of all, if you’re a Sudoku fan, Goggles can now solve sudoku too!
Now, Goggles on Android and iPhone can recognize puzzles and provide answers to help make you faster than a Sudoku champ. So if you ever get stuck, take a clear picture of the entire puzzle with Goggles and we’ll tell you the correct solution. Check out this video to see how it works.
The updated client can be download from the Android Market, and is already available via the component in the iPhones Google Mobile Search App. More info over on the Google Mobile Blog.