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Google Goggles Now Searches Without Having to Take a Picture

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Your time is precious. Why should you waste it taking photos with Google Goggles to enable a search? Starting today, you don't have too.


Until today's update, Google's all-knowing visual search app only worked if you took photos of items. See a painting you like, take a picture and tells you the artist and the title. Take a photo of a bar code and Goggles will give you product information. Continuous Mode, the best part of today's Googles update, does away with that cumbersome step—most of the time. Google says that the new mode works best with books, products, artwork and landmarks. Translating text and adding contacts won't work with Continuous Mode.

The app also received improved text recognition, so you can make sure those phone numbers on the bathroom stall at your local bar are real. You can go pick it up here: [Android Market via Phone Scoop]

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Since no one seems to get it...


It went kind of crazy and loaded a bunch of stuff when I scanned a one dollar bill, but notice the barcode in the middle. It lets you scan multiple items (not just barcodes) without taking a picture. I included a barcode in my example to show that it can do that if you want as well.

For barcode functionality, you can already set Goggles to activate when your camera is on and bypass opening the Goggles app.