Google Goggles has a pretty basic concept, if you haven’t heard of it before: it’s a search app that’s powered by images, rather than words. With Google Goggles, you can take a picture of something and the app will search Google’s databases for it, giving you information about whatever it is you just took a picture of. Useful for vacations and showing your phone off before, Goggles just got a whole lot more useful with the version 1.6 update.
With Goggles 1.6, your phone’s Camera app becomes your access point to Goggles. Rather than having to remember to use a separate app, Goggles now has a setting to allow it to scan every picture that you’re taking with the regular camera app, looking through the photo in the background after you take it and giving you a notification if it sees something that it can recognize.
This can be useful in a whole lot of ways, says the Google Blog:
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.
With this new feature, you can find out cool facts about things you are taking a picture of without any extra effort, and it’s just another awesome thing to show off your Android phone to your friends.
Here’s how to enable the new feature:
- Download the Goggles update from Android Market
- Launch Google Goggles
- Tap the Menu button on your phone, then select Settings. In the Google Goggles settings page, check the box for Search from Camera.
- It’s that easy! From now on, every picture you take with your camera will be analyzed by the Google Goggles app, and anything interesting it finds will be shown to you in a notification a minute or so after the picture is taken.