Google Goggles integrated in Google Mobile App for iPhone

It was late this summer that we learned that Google Goggles was coming to the iPhone. With the latest version of Google Mobile App hitting the App Store today, Goggles functionality is finally available for iOS.

Google Mobile App already enabled users to search via voice, current location, or traditional text. Now, with Google Goggles support, the app also allows users to search the web using pictures. Simply tap the camera button in the app and take a snapshot. Google will then do its best to match your picture to relevant search criteria.

The service is still fairly new and by no means a trivial function to implement effectively. According to Google Mobile Blog:

Computer vision is a hard problem and Google Goggles is still a Labs product. It works well for things such as landmarks, logos and the covers of books, DVDs and games. However, it doesn’t yet work for some things you might want to try like animals, plants or food.

You can download the new Google Mobile App for free by clicking on the iTunes link below. Note that since the app requires a camera with auto-focus, it will only work on iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 running iOS 4 and above. I will post a follow-up shortly detailing the merits and shortcomings of Google Goggles. In the meantime, I highly recommend checking out the app for yourself.

Source: Google via TechCrunch

iTunes link: Google Mobile App