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Google Updates Goggles to Make Smartphone Camera Smarter

Search engine giant Google has updated its Goggles application for the Android platform, which now brings enhanced capabilities to the smartphone’s camera.

In a blog post (opens in new tab), Google explained that when users click a photo from their device’s camera, in the background, Goggles will analyse the photo.

If the app recognises some of the items in the photo, it will promptly notify the users. The new feature, which is optional for Goggles users, will come in handy when users are out on a vacation and decide to use their smartphone as their primary camera.

Users will also be able to share the interesting information about the photos they have clicked using the Google Goggles search history.

Google stressed that Google Goggles will have access to the device’s camera unless users to the Goggles settings options and enable it.

“Let’s say that I’m going on vacation, and I decide to use my Android-powered phone as my primary camera. Goggles would identify landmarks, paintings and other interesting objects in my photos. I can share these facts about my vacation with my friends right from my Goggles search history,” said Pavel Vodenski, Software Engineer at Google.

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