updated 04:55 pm EDT, Tue October 5, 2010
Part of Google Mobile app
After some time in development, Google has finally launched an iPhone version of its Goggles search technology. The feature has been integrated into the existing Google Mobile app for the iPhone via a free update. Tapping on a camera button in the software triggers the Goggles mode, which generates search results based on objects it detects in an image.
Google cautions that Goggles is still in development, and currently limited to analyzing logos, landmarks and the covers of books, games and DVDs. The option is also English-only at present, and restricted to the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 because of a need for an autofocus camera. Despite barriers, Google notes that the app update should be "gradually" rolling out to all App Stores beginning today.
Goggles originally premiered for Android smartphones in December. On devices with Android 2.1 or later, it is also integrated into the platform by default. Google has been promising an iPhone release for several months.