Google Goggles Now Adds Support for Print Ads, Solves Sudokus

Google Goggles, a neat visual search tool that first made its way into the Google Mobile App last October, has just received some nifty upgrades. Firstly, pointing your iDevice camera at US print advertisements (those from August 2010 onward) will display more info about that product/service online. Secondly, GG will now help Sudoku fiends solve the puzzle at hand with the help of the onboard camera:

Our favorite weekend distraction is a quiet 15 minutes spent solving a Sudoku puzzle. But even that can be an frustrating experience if (like us) you make a mistake and are unable to solve the puzzle. Now, Goggles on Android and iPhone can recognize puzzles and provide answers to help make you faster than a Sudoku champ. So if you ever get stuck, take a clear picture of the entire puzzle with Goggles and we’ll tell you the correct solution. Check out this video to see how it works.

The Google Mobile App is free to download and those who enjoy attacking a Sudoku here and there should definitely give this new feature a try. Check out Google’s demo video below.

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MobiCart – Free M-Commerce App Builder for iOS and Android

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK / San Francisco, US – MobiCart today is pleased to announce that its free, mobile-optimized e-commerce storefront development solution for Apple(R) iOS(R) and Google(R) Android(R) devices is now immediately available for download and deployment from the MobiCart website. First shown at the renowned DEMO Fall 2010 show in September as a public Beta, MobiCart has now been released for general use by anyone seeking to develop a native m-commerce storefront solution for their customers. Continue reading…

Start Editing Google Docs from your iDevice

Love using Google Docs, but hate the fact that you can’t edit your word documents or spreadsheets on the iPhone or iPad? Well, that’s going to change in the coming days as Google has announced today that users will very soon be able to edit their precious docs while on the go. For those of you who have yet to use the popular Google Docs service, think of it as Microsoft Office on the web. Using your Google account, you can create text documents and fully functionally spreadsheets online, all without having to worry about saving them on a local hard drive. You can also share these docs with friends and colleagues and even allow others to edit them (collaborate).

According to Google, mobile editing will be rolled out in the next few days and it’ll be available on Android with Froyo (version 2.2) and  iOS Devices (v3.0+) , including the iPad. Check out the video demo after the gap.

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Google Instant has landed on iOS

Earlier last month, Google brought their new visual search tool Google Goggles to the App Store. Now, they have unleashed Google Instant on iOS’ mobile safari. For those of you who rely heavily on Google’s search engine, it’s likely you’ve already used this neat feature. Basically, results will appear as you type out your queries. Here’s how it works:

In September we announced that we were working to bring Google Instant to mobile, and today we’re making a beta version available to most iPhone and Android devices in the U.S. To try it out, go to google.com in your phone’s browser and tap the Google Instant “Turn on” link beneath the search box (if you don’t see the “Turn on” link, try waiting a moment and then refresh the page).

Like the desktop version of Google Instant, when you type on your mobile device you’ll see predictions of what you might be searching for. If you type [anse], for example, you should see [ansel adams] along with other predictions. Results for the first prediction appear automatically, and tapping on the other predictions will display those results. Pressing the enter key or the search button skips the predictions and will display results for exactly what you’ve typed.

Once you do start using Google Instant, it just feels natural and you wonder why they didn’t think of this sooner. So if you want to check it out on your iDevice, be sure your Instant (beta) is turned “On” on your mobile browser.

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Google Docs Editing coming to the iPad

While Google’s Mobile Mail app for the iPad is plenty good and provides all the basic (and necessary) features, the same can’t be said for Google Docs. Currently, users are only able to view their documents. Those who wish to edit gDoc files on their iPad must resort to 3rd party apps like Documents To Go and Quickoffice (TMA Review). Sure they work just fine, but not everyone will want to drop $10+ for this functionality. For Google Docs users, the good news is that editing will be coming soon for the iPad (and Android).

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Android Marketplace strangled by porn and piracy

The Android Marketplace cracked

The Android Marketplace has real success stories such as Aaron La’s Advanced Task Manager; its open slant gives opportunity to many developers who can’t afford a Mac to join a huge market place. Every day, Android grows, and barring the all-out success of Windows Phone 7, it is destined to remain at the top, at least as market share leader. But, all is not well.

According to the Reg, Google’s hands-off approach allows its Marketplace to drown in oceans of porn just as the App Store was chocked by useless apps (fart and flashlight) in its early days. There is another negative effect: piracy. Despite the fact that the average selling price for Android apps is less than their iPhone, developers are strangled by app pilfering. The net result is that 49% of Android developers are making less than they expected and only 27% making more than they expected. Again, there is no question that Android is the market leader. For developers, it is an attractive platform. But it isn’t the heaven and spice that disgruntled iPhone developers may think it is. Google needs to adapt to keep its most important customer, the developer, happy. Happy, loaded developers make great apps. Currently iPhone Development, while a lot more controlled, has a friendlier, more lucrative face; it also tends to sport much more high quality apps.