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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Google Mobile app updated with Google Goggles: Search the web using pictures

Google has just updated their Google Mobile App with Google Goggles, a visual search tool that allows users to search the web by simply taking pictures of the world around them. Say you’re on holidays and spot a landmark that’s familiar to you, but you can’t recall what it’s called. Just take out your iPhone (and iPod 4G) and snap a picture of the structure and let Google dish out more details. Or you’re at the bookstore and want to know more about the author George Pelecanos. Yep, you guessed it – take a picture of the cover and let Google do the rest.

If you haven’t downloaded the Google Mobile app yet, be sure to grab it and see for yourself how cool and potentially useful this new feature can be. Demo video of the app in action after the gap.

Update: Apparently, Google Goggles does not currently work on an iPod 4G, as it requires the auto-focus function found on the iPhone 4’s camera (the one on iPod Touch 4G uses fixed focus). Thanks for the tip Paul.

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Apple VS HTC VS Google – patents gavelled over in new lawsuit

The iPhone is the template for the modern smartphone. Its UI, App Store, and looks each have spawned dozens of look, act, and sell-alikes. But that may be the problem. Apple patented many aspects of its UI and from yesterday, have embroiled themselves in a battle with HTC (and by analogue, Google) in an effort to protect their innovations. If they can successfully defend their patents, it will be a major win for Apple, but also for software lawsuits in general which have never faired as well in debating the finer points of design and intellectual property.

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Google Voice App now available

This past weekend, I had written a post about the delay of the new Google Mobile App. Well after a 4 day delay, this voice recognition tool has finally made it to the App Store. So was it worth the wait? Most definitely. Along with a voice search function, this updated app also includes a rearrangable apps tab for all your google apps, making it easier to find your favorites. Location awareness is also now built in, which will automatically include your current location into searches.

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New Google Speech Recognition App delayed by Apple?

Google was set to release what could very well be one of the most useful apps for the iPhone, a speech recognition tool that would return search results simply based on your speech. Say “movie showtimes” and based on your location, the app will return results of movies closest to you. Basically, instead of typing what you want searched, just say it. It’s that simple. Another cool feature of this updated Google Mobile App is that it uses the iPhone accelerometer. So when the phone is raised to the user’s ear, it will go into “listen” mode.

The supposed release date was set for November 14. Now a day later and still no sight of it at the App Store, there are rumors that Apple may possibly be delaying its release or even blocking it for some reason of their own. Are they planning on releasing their own version of speech recognition? Of course, it is way too early to say for sure what Apple’s plans are for Google’s product, if any at all. Hopefully, the app will be released any minute now so we can all search with our voice, and not just our fingers.

[via computerblog]