Dec 07 AT 2:51 PM Taylor Wimberly 36 Comments

Google Goggles now available for Android

Update: This application is available for Android 1.6 and above. (Sorry Sprint, CLIQ, and Eris users)

News of Google Goggles broke over the weekend and the application is now available in the Android Market. The service has been in testing since August and this is the first time the public has had a chance to play with the app. Google Goggles allows users to snap photos with their camera phone and match results based on the object. Download the application and check back later for our full review.

Google Goggles is a visual search app.  Instead of using words, take a picture of an object with your camera phone: we attempt to recognize the object, and return relevant search results. Goggles also provides information about businesses near you by displaying their names directly in the camera preview.

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  • Alejandro Guidotti

    YAY !
    Really cool app :D

    Thx for the information @androidandme :D

    • http://Website firerock

      This app is sick! Tested on logo, landmarks…all worked flawlessly; and I love how the scan line looks…Skynet is truly among us now :P

  • http://Website Rachel

    I’m obviously highly impatient.

    Is the app restricted to US (or 1.6+ right now)?

    I have no luck finding google goggles in the market and scanning the QR code results in “no matches”.

    I’m in Australia and have an HTC Hero. And no patience :)

  • http://Website roymonster

    no dice on the eris

  • http://Website Is_907

    Can’t find this on the market on my Sprint Hero. =/

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Just updated that this is Android 1.6+

      Sprint Hero is still on Android 1.5.

  • WootRoot

    Just started playing with it, so far its working beautifully. Thanks for the heads up Taylor.

  • http://Website Dustin

    Yeah, it’s not on the Cliq Market either. It’s on the mytouch 3g market place. Please do research before posting news about apps being in the market place. Seeing as this app is most likely “NOT” for 1.5 users!

  • http://Website Carloswithac

    Awesome! Works pretty well on book covers. I’d try it outside but it’s raining pretty bad.

  • JA977

    Oh no I brought my moto CLIQ to work I guess I have to wait to get home to use my mytouch

  • http://Website neverx

    So sad…no 1.5 support………but at least 2.0 or 2.1 is around the corner for Eris!!! Like a fine wine, all awesome things get even better with (a little) time!

  • http://Website rjl

    Do a Google image search for a swastika.
    Then use Google Goggles to analyze that picture.
    Check out the results! Whoooaaaaa

  • http://Website Brajin Vazquez

    I have a rooted g1 running cyans latest 1.6r2 build. I can not find this on the market, has anyone downloaded it?

  • Rob Koehler

    Running CM4.2.7.1 and it doesn’t show up in the market…..

    • ambarish

      Works with with my CM 4.2.6


    • Gardenwife

      Rob, have you been able to find it? I’m running CM on my G1 and was able to find it in the market and download it last night.

  • Brajin Vazquez

    ok, so I am also running cm (latest build) @ first it would not appear, I wiped data and davlik and now it works…..its prob from switching between 2.1 hero and cyan….market can get buggy.

  • brian

    Wow Google does it again. What a cool app. Works real good.

  • http://Website Rob Koehler

    That worked. Thanks Brajin

  • William Furr

    Those carriers and handset makers need to get on the ball and update their devices and stupid custom UIs to Android 1.6 at least. They’re missing out on some awesome apps. There’s got to be some technical reason these apps are on 1.6 and not 1.5.

    I didn’t have any trouble getting the app on my rooted G1 with CM

  • http://Website erkan

    Hi, can anyone take a picture of the flag of nazi germany and tell me if he can identify it? Because it’s weird that he know a huge range of symbols (also political) but not this one.
    Maybe because I’m from germany and this symbol is not allowed here?!

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  • http://Website Steve

    Tmobile myTouch does not find it in Android Market, Android v1.5. How do you upgrade the Android OS version ?

  • dethduck

    @steve, hit the menu button and select ‘settings’ then scroll all the way to the bottom and choose ‘about phone’ and select ‘check for update’

    • http://Website Steve

      Thanks, claims phone is up to date, but still v1.5. Drats.

  • Gardenwife

    I downloaded Goggles last night and took it for a rocky test spin. I’d been reading in bed by flashlight so not to disturb my hubby (see what a good wife I am?) and took a photo of the book cover by very poor light provided by a flashlight. It still worked, found my book within seconds. Amazing.

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  • http://Website louise

    doesnt work on my hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!! arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrfggggggggggggggghh

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  • http://Website Sami

    I downloaded this application and took a photograph of a watch; I took the picture at different angles, different light images and only once did it show similar pictures to be a watch and at that time, the remaining pictures appeared to be food items!

    I did not try something else but perhaps they should allow another field to be entered manually to help the application since using the picture on its own does not work.

    Considering my experience, it takes poor marks.

  • http://Website Marckvdv

    For some reason i cant download it…

    I have a samsung galaxy 5 with android 2.2 ( >:D )