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iPhone Gets Google Goggles in Google Mobile App

The advent of an online giant search engine called Google has made matters simple for not only people involved in research, but business persons and home users alike. Apart from the facility it provides for people who need to search for specific topics on the Internet, it has a host of other applications like YouTube where you can watch free videos online; Orkut that is a social media website; Google maps that lets you find any location you enter; Google Earth that reflects satellite images of a particular area; and many more.

A very recent feature that Google has come up with is Google Goggles, a downloadable image recognition application. As a beta version, it is currently found in the Google labs and it is currently used for searches based on pictures taken by handheld devices. For instance, if a picture of a famous landmark is taken, the application would search for information about it and taking a picture of a product’s barcode would search for information on that product.

The particular application would have a variety of uses, by being capable of virtually identifying almost anything. At present, the system is able to identify various landmarks or labels that allow the users to learn about such items without the need of a text based search. By identifying barcodes, users are allowed to search for similar prices and products and also save codes for future references.

While Google Goggles are currently available only in beta versions for Android phones, Google has already decided to make the software run on other platforms, like on the iPhone and Blackberry devices. On October 5, 2010 to be precise, Google announced about the availability of the Google Goggles application on iPhone devices.

The feature has been added by Google to its Google Mobile App for iPhone and the latest version is available now in the App store. However, it is only available for the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 running iOS 4 or above as of now. This is because Google Goggles requires an auto-focusing camera.

For activating Goggles, you would need to tap on the camera button within the app. The Goggles application would then highlight the objects in the image, analyze them and would display results after you click on them for finding more.

In the blog post, Google cleared the speculations by saying that Goggles is still a Labs project, and that it would not work with every image. It works well for things such as logos, landmarks, and covers of DVDs, books and games; however it doesn’t work for other images like those of plants, animals or food.

No doubt it is a very ambitious attempt by Google, is very innovative in its idea and very handy in theory as well. However its success depends on how Google builds up on this idea. As for now, it may not be very applicable because of it analyzing information only on specific pictures.

Google Goggle- No more Restaurant Menu-Card Woes!

Adventurous people may find it a wonderful experience to order food from a menu that is in a language they do not understand, in the course of a foreign trip. However, for cautious and conscious people this may be a grueling experience just because they do not know the language. However, if you have a camera mobile (android 1.6 version or higher) with you and an Internet connection, the leading search engine Google is out to help you on your not so lofty quest.

Google has launched its application named Google Goggle- that helps you translate text from one language to another. It launched this application a few months back but had the database to translate only German to English. Now after hard work put in by Google’s software designers, Google Goggle (the new version- 1.1) now has a database to translate German, Italian, Spanish, French, and of course English. You can translate text from any of these languages. Google is now thinking of improving the language database to include non-Latin languages as well (including Hindi, Arabic, and Chinese). All you have to do is open the application, focus on the written material that you want translated (a menu card, or signs on street or on some vehicle or practically anything which you can capture with your camera phone), and using the application’s highlighting ability (the cropping tool), crop the text you want translated and take a snap. Now, if the application is able to identify the text, what it asks is whether you want the text translated and if you click on yes, a window opens where you will be asked the language of the text and the language to which you want the text translated. When you choose, these two options and click on the proceed option, Google goggles provides you with the translated text.

Google has launched this application for conversion of texts from one language to another and are thinking about including a speech to text conversion too which may work out to be a huge hit for regular foreign travelers.

On experimentation, the Google goggle application, for translating text from one language to another, proved to be pretty much on the mark. The translation is an accurate representation of the original text. There may be few errors like misinterpretation of slang words or spelling mistakes in the original text that may lead to a different result. Nevertheless, the advantages of having such an application are immense. At the least, you would have a vague or a quite clear idea of what you are ordering in a restaurant and would not have to shout at the restaurant manager for getting you something that you thought you did not order. This application provides you with somewhat an apt translation of the text and as the old saying goes, ‘something is better than nothing’, kudos to Google for launching the new version of their translation application and helping out adventurous travelers, and seriously waiting for few more of suck remarkable applications from the ever growing software firm- GOOGLE!

Google Adds Plink to its Search “Inventory”

Google has decided to improve its Google Goggles project by integrating with an Android application. Google Goggles inputs user uploaded images of various things like landmarks, books, wine bottles etc. and identifies them along with quantity of information like product name, price and other search results associated with that product.

Google is going to associate itself with the Plink. With just four months old, Plink has shown its capabilities in the world of search engine. Being a visual search engine, Plink identifies snapped photographs of artwork uploaded by users on and provides amazing information regarding the searched keyword. Google Goggles will be the second product that will be benefiting capabilities of such a project. Google docs was the first product to get benefits from such projects.

Although, Google Goggles already has a category named as “Artwork,” the technology and capabilities of Plink will surely improve the visual search engine of Google Goggles across the globe. Already, offering an application for the Android market, Plink has also stated in their blog that they are looking forward to provide help and assistance to the Google Goggle team for building a visual search engine that will work for things that you see around you including, things like paintings and book covers.

So far in the history of search engines, visual search is the most amazing thing that has happened on the Web. Users can search images using Google Goggles from their camera phones. Visual search engines use various features like face matching, OCR, object recognition and also provide adequate search results to its users.

Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google said in September that the company is looking forward to acquire small organizations. With the Google’s first U.K acquisition we hope that the web giant will continue such projects in coming months.

Google Acquires Plink

Google just went gaga with its newest acquisition, Plink, a UK based company. With over 50, 000 users since they launched four weeks ago, Plink offered its users a revolutionary visual search technology for their cell phones. The Plink download enables its users to identify work of arts by taking photos of it and searching online for the details.

Plink will now be part of the efforts of Google to develop their own visual search engine Google Goggles. The mobile visual search company owned by Mark Cummins and James Philbin is also Google’s first foray in the United Kingdom. Google Goggles is available for cell phones running on Android 1.6. Aside from artworks, Goggles also enables users to search visually by taking pictures of logos, contact info, books, places, and landmarks. Looking for places doesn’t even need a photo. You could just point your camera at the storefront and Google searches for you using GPS and compass. Barely scratching the surface of visual search technology, Goggles has not integrated search for food, plants and animals yet.

With the Plink team and technology onboard Google’s expanding visual search technology, wonders will be in store for us users who are developing taste for possible search options other than typing text and putting voice input.

Google plans to acquire more promising companies at the rate of one startup company per month.

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