There is some good news for iPhone owners who were waiting for Google Goggles to land on their phones. The official Google Goggles app for iPhone is now available free of charge in the market. The only downside of this Goggles release for iPhone seems to be it’s compatibility with iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. So, no Goggles for you, outdated 3G owners! [that also includes me, BTW]. Further more, this app requires you to be on iOS 4.x in order to function.
This is what Google Mobile blog has to say about this:
…In the new version of Google Mobile App just tap on the camera button to search using Goggles. Goggles will analyze the image and highlight the objects it recognizes — just click on them to find out more…
…Computer vision is a hard problem and Google Goggles is still a Labs product. 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.
Google Mobile App with Google Goggles is now available in the Apple App Store. Just search for “Google Mobile App” and download the latest version – it’s free. It will gradually be appearing in all App Stores around the world starting from today.
Goggles is enabled only for English-speaking users, and since it requires an auto-focusing camera it is supported only on iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 running iOS 4 or above…
Google Goggles is a useful utility that allows you to identify different land marks and points of interest by scanning their photos taken through Goggle. Here is the video that shows Goggles in action: