Android to share Google Goggles with Apple iPhone

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The Google Goggles visual search application is now available on the Apple iPhone, making it no longer unique to phones running the Android operating system.

Google has released the application, formerly closely associated with Android, as part of the latest version of the Google Mobile App, available in the iTunes App Store.

Google Goggles enables users to conduct searches by taking pictures of things like famous artworks, businesses, barcodes and logos without having to type keywords.

Despite its release on the Apple platform, Google admits Google Goggles is far from perfect.

"Computer vision is a hard problem and Google Goggles is still a Labs product," said Google software engineer Milan Broum in a blog post.

"It works well for things such as landmarks, logos and the covers of books, DVDs and games. However, it doesn't yet work for some things you might want to try, like animals, plants or food," he said.

Google Goggles is also still only available for English-speaking users, although it can handle images that contain text in around 16 languages.

The application requires a phone running Android 1.6+, but will now also run on an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 running iOS 4+.

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