Google Goggles hits version 1.6, makes your stock phone camera a bit smarter

Google has updated their Goggles app for Android. For the uninitiated, Google Goggles lets you snap a picture of something and it will attempt to identify it by matching with Google Image Search. It can figure out landmarks, buildings, and even solve sudoku puzzles.



The new version brings a pretty cool feature, Goggles can now run in the background of your stock camera, and try to match things as you take pictures normally. The feature is completely opt-in and has to be enabled manually in the app’s settings. The official announcement summed it up pretty well how this feature could be used.


Let’s say that I’m going on vacation, and I decide to use my Android-powered phone as my primary camera. Goggles would identify landmarks, paintings and other interesting objects in my photos. I can share these facts about my vacation with my friends right from my Goggles search history.

The update is now available for devices running Android 2.1 or higher. [Android Market via Google Mobile Blog]

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