Video: We put Google Goggles to the test

If a picture is word a thousand words, why would you waste time searching the web using just a small subset of keywords? Sometimes, a text search isn’t the best way to search for information on your smartphone. That’s where Google’s new Google Goggles visual search app comes into play. Using your camera-enabled smartphone (Android only, for now), Google Goggles takes photos of just about anything that you’d want more information on – gadgets, books, barcodes, landmarks, stores, etc. – and searches the web for any relevant information. In theory, the new search service could open up a new way to conveniently search the web on your mobile phone.

But, does it really work? Has Google mastered the dark art of visual search? We’ll put it this way: when it works, it works well, but it doesn’t always work. Check out our test of six everyday objects to see for yourself.

  • Stefan Constantinescu

    holy lol dude, what’ up with your Droid going 1:46 PM, 1:47 PM, 1:46 PM, that’s bonkers!

    secrets fom bister, brilliant.

  • Tom

    I don’t think this is new, the Amazon application for iPhone has had this for quite some time

  • David McCormack

    Did you try it on face recognition? I’d love to know how well it performs on photos of celebs, sports stars, historical + religious figures, etc.

    Another thing I’d love to see available is the ability to take a photo of a sign written in a non-Roman script, OCR it, and then pass it to Google Translate.

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