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Top Android App: Google Goggles

Top Android App: Google Goggles
Google Goggles is the newest release for Google on Android.  Instead of using words or voice to search for an item or location, now you can use your camera!  Simply take a picture of an item or your surroundings and the app will attempt to recognize what has been captured.  From there, the app will return relevant search results using their Google search engine.  This is a great development for items that are tough to describe, like a monument in a place you’ve never been before.

Application: Google Goggles

Version: 1.0
Size: 486KB
Category: Tools
Price: Free
Overall Score: 4.8/5
User Interface: 4.5/5
Ease of Use: 4.5/5
Customizability: 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Indispensability: 5/5
Some of the items that Google Goggles recommends you use with this app:
·         Books & DVDs
·         Landmarks
·         Logos
·         Contact info
·         Artwork
·         Businesses
·         Products
·         Barcodes
·         Text
And some of the items that Google Goggles does not recommend you use with this app:
·         Animals
·         Plants
·         Cards
·         Furniture
·         Apparel
Also, the app recommends using the left landscape to take pictures for best results.
Here’s a YouTube video from Google describing the app and how to use it.

So far I’ve tried this app with a few different items.  A couple items had obscure/rare logos and they were not recognized.  Then I tried the 2nd book in the Twilight series (New Moon) and it had no problem recognizing it and giving me relevant results.

A nice feature is that the app stores a history of all your searches (if you choose so) so you can comeback at a later time to remember what you saw and searched for at a particular time.

Another great feature that may often get overlooked is that Google Goggles will also show nearby businesses in your camera view (based on your GPS location).  When you see the small info box at the bottom of the screen you can click on it to return a search result for that business location.  This page will subsequently show you the location’s name, website, phone number, web results, and more information.  In one touch all this information is yours.  Incredible.

Right off the bat, this is a great app that really displays Android’s functionality and utility in your everyday life.  You can’t possibly skip out on this app for your Android device.  Go get it!

Note: Unfortunately, Google Goggles is only available for Android phones running Android 1.6 or later.  Hopefully all phones running 1.5 will upgraded sooner rather than later.

Scan with Barcode Scanner for direct link to Google Goggles in the Android Market.

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