Open your eyes: Google Goggles now available on iPhone in Google Mobile App

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 | 12:15 PM

Searching with Google on your mobile phone can be an eye-opening experience. Now your phone’s camera can even help to find out more about the world around you.

Back in December we introduced Google Goggles on Android: it lets you search by taking pictures. Today, we’re excited to announce that Goggles is now a feature of Google Mobile App for iPhone. Google Mobile App already lets you speak your queries, and it can also use your phone’s location to give you more relevant search results.



In the new version of Google Mobile App just tap on the camera button to search using Goggles. Goggles will analyze the image and highlight the objects it recognizes -- just click on them to find out more. You can see how this works in this short video:



Computer vision is a hard problem and Google Goggles is still a Labs product. It works well for things such as landmarks, logos and the covers of books, DVDs and games. However, it doesn’t yet work for some things you might want to try like animals, plants or food.

Google Mobile App with Google Goggles is now available in the Apple App Store. Just search for “Google Mobile App” and download the latest version - it’s free. It will gradually be appearing in all App Stores around the world starting from today.

Goggles is enabled only for English-speaking users, and since it requires an auto-focusing camera it is supported only on iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 running iOS 4 or above. Visit our Help Center to learn more or send us your feedback and questions in our Help Forum.

So step away from your computer, get your Goggles on, and search the world around you.

33 comments:

Zette said...

Just a little fail in the video: to serve and sell Riesling wine (German wine) in an Italian restaurant.

LOL.

:)

And when will Goggles be available for Android phones?

dataStore said...

It was in the Android Market for months (if not years). Get it now!

Rich said...

Does it work on the iPhone 3G?

Pascal said...

@Zette:
Back in December we introduced Google Goggles on Android:

Zan said...

Will it be available for Blackberry?

Sean said...

I can't wait to test this while I am out and about.

Vassilis Bartzokas said...

I have iphone app installed but no goggles and no update. Ihave 3gs

mattglg said...

Thanks for bringing this to the iPhone - I seriously respect google for continuing to release software for what could be considered a competitors platform.

mattglg said...

Thanks for bringing this to the iPhone - I seriously respect google for continuing to release software for what could be considered a competitors platform.

dchattin said...

Will there ever be Goggles support for the new iPod Touch with camera?

Shahzoor said...

BLACKBERRY!!! When? Yes i am shouting!

genshi said...

I just updated my iPhone 4 and tried out Google Goggles on my Broken Heart Robot toy design, and surprisingly it identified it! That made me very happy! Thanks Google!

Robert said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you Google! I'm glad you didn't forget your fans who own iPhones. Goggles works great on my iPhone 4. Now, how about Maps Navigation for the iPhone? I can't wait to see it up and running on my iPhone!!! Google rocks!!!!

watson said...

I too want to know when this will be available for blackberry.

Robert said...

By the way, Google has surprised iPhone users once again. Just looked at the rest of the newly installed Google app and found Google Voice!!! What a bonus! Works great on my iPhone. I just signed up for a new account. Great work Google!!

Steve Lunney said...

Tried it on several items (a cordless phone, a bottle of hand sanitizer, a bar code, a cell phone and a webcam) and none were recognized. Wonder if I am doing something wrong, but then, that really doesn't matter if it does not work for me intuitively...GOOG, what is the answer to my problem?

Just Like Crap said...

Super Awesome stuff..Google is really innovating and experimenting

Emilygrae said...

Fantastic bit of fun! As said in the POSTED ARTICLE, it's still in the Lab and therefore an experiment and not a full fledged product yet. Makes it more fun imho.
Oh my goodness, when will people take the time to actually read a post, and/or watch the video before taking the time to comment?

amir said...

i've been waiting for this feature on my iphone , i'm in Saudi Arabia but whenever i use the camera a message appears :

http://b3.s3.quickshareit.com/img_1591a3af7.png

no problem with connection , i can type & voice search .

is it a problem related to my IP or where i am (service not supported here) or to the iPhone 4 that i'm using (i Bought from KSA too without FaceTime feature)

Артем said...

in last post about Google Mobile App for iPhone there were many asks for enabling sound notifications for gmail incomin mails. When you will add it?

Panurge said...

Thanks for releasing your hot stuff for the iPhone too. Your attitude makes me wanna change to Android!

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Joretha said...

Is googles goggles available 2 the Palm Pre's? Moochiegold1

YellowThumb said...

Is it just me or the camera screen in Goggles on iPhone does not support zooming? I have iPhone4 and when I use native camera app, I can touch the screen and it will show the zoom tracking bar. How can I zoom while in camera mode in Goggles? Without zoom it is pretty unusable - the iPhone has wide lens and you usually cannot get close enough to fill in the frame with the attraction. I tested it today on Space Needle in Seattle (which should be extremely easy to recognize) and it failed.

cbrueggenolte said...

This looks great,

in how many countries is it available? Looking for germany.

Thanks

Eric Ver Ploeg said...

Does this mean that the App will be impossible to delete, like Google Goggles is on the Android?

Alberto said...

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Alberto said...

We want this awesome feature on ours ipod touch 4g!
We have a cam, a microphone, what else is needed!
Let's try it, and if it doesn't work by not having autofocus, just delete the opcion on ipod! I'm sure that soon we will see goggles on our ipods.

AllanBrinser said...

Looks good.

Nagaraj Hubli said...

Please enable this for 4th generation iPod Touch!

Michael said...

I was so excited about the translation feature, but it doesn't seem to work with Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Hindi...

AVC said...

It would be nice to have this feature work on 4th iPod Touch.
Thank you!

bghanson said...

I like many other would like to know when this will be available for the Blackberry, spicifically the Storm.