Google Goggles 1.3 App Released

Search giant Google has launched a new version of its Google Goggles app for Android devices, capable of reading barcodes, recognising print-ads and can even solve Sudoku puzzles.

Google Goggles 1.3 will allow users to scan a barcode and return matching search results. Users will sent straight to the relevant page without even pressing a button as the app scans the barcode automatically when present in the phone's camera viewfinder, PC Magazine reports.

The app also features a new Google innovation, which allows users to scan print-ads on a poster or publication and be taken to the relevant search results, rather than being redirected to a particular web page.

The most 'interesting' [read pointless - Ed] feature on the app is its ability to solve Sudoku puzzles. All the users need to do is scan an unsolved puzzle and the app sends the image back to Google servers that solve it in a matter of seconds.

In order to prove its point, the company also released a video in which a Google engineer equipped with a Samsung Nexus S smartphone running the Goggles app takes on the current Sudoku champion, and wins.