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Google Goggles coming to the iPhone "by the end of the year"

Search by photo app hoping to play nice with Apple

By: Don Lynn from Aug 23, 2010 @ 21:37 CDT

No olive branch of peace in the competition between Google and Apple in the mobile world is coming anytime soon, but the two do occasionally play nicely together. The currently Android-exclusive app Google Goggles is planned to come to the iPhone by the end of the year. Google executives released this information on Monday at the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University.


Google Goggles is an app that allows the user to take a picture of an object and do a search based on the photo. David Petrou, a project lead of Google Goggles, demonstrated the app at the conference with the app correctly identifying and doing a search on a book and a can of beer. Goggles also works with bar codes and can even recognize and translate text. Facial recognition, for privacy reasons, is not in their plans.


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