Google Goggles and What’s Nearby for Android launched
Today, Google introduced two new services for Android: Google Goggles and What’s Nearby.
Somewhat similar to Nokia’s Point and Find, Google Goggles allows Android 1.6+ users to search for various info using images, not words. “Simply take a picture with your phone’s camera, and if we recognize the item, Goggles returns relevant search results,” says Google.
At the moment, Goggles for Android can identify landmarks, works of art and different products, but Google plans to provide “high quality results for any image” in the future.
The Goggles application can be downloaded via Android Market. Here’s a video promo of it:
Google said nothing about offering Goggles to other platforms (iPhone, for example), but I think it won’t do it – since it probably wants Android to have as many unique features as possible.
What’s Nearby, the other new Android feature introduced by Google today, is included in the latest version of Google Maps for Android. It lets you see the ten coolest places anywhere on the map, if you long press on it.
Google also announced that search by voice is now available in Japanese (alongside English and Mandarin Chinese).
Via the Google Mobile Blog