Android market straight from your phone


A picture is worth a thousands words. If you didn’t experience it before, now you have the chance. Android phones and Google Googles make it possible.


Google Goggles is an application that lets you use pictures taken with your mobile phone to search the web. All you have to do is open the application, take a picture, and wait for your search results. It is not perfect yet. It is not available for everything you have in mind. For the moment, just take pictures of books and DVDs, landmarks, logos, contact info, artwork, businesses, products, barcodes, or text. Currently, it’s not so good when taking pictures of animals, plants, cars, furniture, or apparel.


For better search results take photos in areas with good lighting and zoom in as much as possible. The search results page will show you Web Results, text matches, similar images, Other Matches, and suggested results. Barcode matches will provide a link to Google Product Search so you can quickly compare prices. And if you take a picture of a business card, you’ll get links to search for the person, email or call them directly, visit their company URL, or add them as a contact on your phone.


Also, Google Goggles can provide you with information about the points of interest near you, without even conducting a search. The performance of the nearby places overlay is dependent on a good GPS lock. Make sure that the camera faces forward (not up to the sky or down to the ground). If your location hasn’t been locked, it may because the GPS signal at your current location is weak. You can use Google Goggles to share the photos you’ve taken through Bluetooth, Facebook, Gmail, Android Messaging, or Picasa.


From the search results page, just press Menu, then Share Photo, and select your desired method. Google Goggles is currently available for Android devices running Android 1.6 and above. You also need a QVGA screen and a camera with autofocus.