Google Camera App might have Google Goggles
Google reportedly, might be working on a new feature for Android cameras that allows smartphone photo-snappers to search for information directly from their pictures by combining Google Goggles into the Android camera.
The latest rumor suggests even the official Google Camera app is to get a bit of extra functionality, but it’s really nothing new; it would simply be the implementation of a technology the Search Giant already uses.
The rumor is that the Android camera app would get Google Goggles capabilities. If you are out of the loop on this one, Google Goggles is an augmented reality app which allows you to make a search by taking a picture of anything.
Google Camera is actually an awesome app, but not everyone goes through the effort of downloading it. This is why bringing its functionality to the official camera app (which is part of the stock Android experience in devices like the Nexus line) would be a significant move.
All the details came from an anonymous source which also gave a bit more details on the project. The report states there will be a new feature integrated, allowing users to outline specific areas of the image in order to directly target their searches.
In Google Goggles, one can only search the whole image, which has proven to bring plenty of discrepancies. Images often display plenty of distractions, background items and other objects that may throw off a search result. According to the sketch provided, the system will also be able to recommend retailers for purchasing products, as well as other details.
It is also said that this technology has also been tested in “wearable computing devices”. This could suggest this technology may come to products like Google Glass and possibly even VR (or AR) headsets.
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