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Google Goggles Coming To The iPhone By The End Of The Year

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Google Goggles

According to The Register, Google is planning to release their search-by-sight feature, Goggles to the iPhone, which is currently available for Android phones.

Google Goggles will allow users to search the web using the camera on their iPhone.

It can recognize languages, books, album covers, artwork, landmarks, places, logos, and more.

The Register reports that David Petrou, a Google engineer working on the Goggles project talking at Monday's Hot Chips conference at Stanford University in California confirmed that Google is working on an app to bring their search-by-sight feature to the iPhone:

"We're working on an iPhone version, and hope to have it out by the end of the year."

He also explained the reason for releasing a native iPhone app rather than an iPhone web app, which Google prefers as it is easier and faster to rollout new changes:

"There is a new part of HTML5 that allows you to acquire an image from a camera. And that's really nice and really useful, but we don't think it's sufficient for something like Goggles that needs very fine control over the camera.

The unfortunate reality is that we have to write client apps. If something were a web app, we could change and test on one per cent of our traffic, just like that.”

We expect Google Goggles to be free on the App Store like Google’s other iPhone apps assuming that their friends at Apple approve the app unlike Google Voice, which has still not been approved.

We’ll let you know as soon as Goggles is available on the App Store.

[via The Register]

Source: Google Goggles Coming To The iPhone By The End Of The Year

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