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Searching the Internet is all about entering text and hitting the return key. Google Goggles changes all that by allowing you to search using just pictures. Load it up, point your phone’s camera at a landmark, painting, book cover or even a piece of text, take a snapshot and Goggles will use the photo to perform a search.
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You can shoot pictures of bar codes, QR codes or any image such as a famous landmark, billboard or movie poster. The app will do a Google Images search, and then return information such as movie titles, locations and even translations of foreign text in your pictures. You can also use this app to add additional contacts by taking a snapshot of a business card, thanks to built-in Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
It’s a lot easier than entering text, especially when you’re out and about. Of course, the results aren’t always as accurate as you might want, especially when it’s trying to identify landmarks, but it’s surprising how often it does get things right.
You can also use Google Goggles for other cool things like translating from a foreign language when you’re on holiday. The app is only available to those with phones running Android version 1.6 or above.
Although Google Goggles doesn’t always get every single search perfectly right, it’s still a quick and fun way to search the net.