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Google unveils real-time, camera shot searching

updated 03:05 pm EST, Mon December 7, 2009

Google real-time and Goggles debut

Google today launched a pair of developments that promises to overhaul its core search business. The company has developed a real-time search display known as "latest" that shows new, live results alongside the original search hits. It can not only find news stories and other typical updates as they appear but also Twitter and other content that doesn't always get indexed elsewhere.

The live search should be available today and will also work on the mobile site optimized for Android and the iPhone.

In Google Labs, the company has unveiled Goggles, a search feature optimized for smartphones or other more visually inclined visitors. Submitting a photo taken from a phone's camera or a similar source compares it against items on the web and can turn up both the name of the product as well as relevant searches for that item. It can even recognize barcodes and uses text recognition to identify labels or documents.

Unlike real-time search, Goggles is initially limited only to phones running Android 1.6 or later; there's been no mention of if or when iPhones and other platforms will get the feature.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sorry Bing...

    Too little, too late.

  1. martinX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Google is so smart

    And yet the term "Climategate", which yields over 30 million hits, draws nary a whisper from autosuggest. No matter which side of the fence you're on - or even if you're sitting on it - it's obvious Google messing with search features for political purposes. How much money does Al Gore pull in as a "senior adviser" and I wonder what he advised?

  1. ricardogf

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You should stop smoking pot, Sir...or perhaps you are using Bing as search engine. It's OBVIOUS that Google is doing nothing "political" when typing climategate on its page yields at least 30 million hits. If it's not working for newer developments, it's just a matter of time and updates. So chill out, please.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Hey Mr. Paranoid (also known as martinX), when I type in "climate" in Google search (in my Safari browser, which has also been vetted by Al Gore), one of the suggestions is "climate-gate", so you can find your fellow nuts very easily. (In fact, you only have to type "clima" to get "climate-gate" as a suggestion).

    Unless you think putting the hyphen in is also a conspiracy (because the people who would be looking for it can't read very well).

    As a comparison, you have to type all the way to "iraq ga" before it comes up with "iraq gate".

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Very Impressive

    It's not earth shattering, but still very impressive in terms of UI over the basic search. I think both the live search and the Goggles are great.

    I especially like Goggles with its live lookup on restaurants and POI. I wish to see this for the iPhone asap (assuming Apple doesn't hold it up).

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no twits

    No, Google, do not index tweets. Please! Don't pollute the real listings with idiot tweeters. Or have a separate index for them. But don't make adding tweets the default, because those of us who don't accept your cookies will always get the default.

    It's hard enough to go through results from advertisers and from sites that just throw words on the page to get hits. Don't muddle it further with meaningless twits.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So when will it be available???

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