Google Goggles, the image recognition application for mobile devices, has received an update. The new version of Google Goggles is not only faster but smarter than ever before. The new Goggles 1.3 client for Android can scan barcodes and read QR codes, and recognize print ads in popular magazines and newspapers. And hey, it can also help you solve Sudoku puzzles.
When shopping offline, you can snap pictures of barcodes and QR codes with your Android phone’s camera and have your phone’s browser instantly direct you to the product’s online store, read product reviews, compare prices etc. When you come across print ads in magazines and newspapers, you can take picture of the ad with Goggles and it will recognize the print ad and return web search results about the product or brand. This new feature of Goggles is enabled for print ads appearing in major U.S. magazines and newspapers from August 2010 onwards.
Goggles on Android and iPhone can also recognize Sudoku puzzles and provide answers if you ever get stuck. Check out this video to see how it works.
Google Goggles 1.3 with improved barcode scanning is available for download in Android Market. Recognition of print ads and Sudoku solver is now enabled for the Google Goggles app on Android, as well as the Goggles component of the Google Mobile App on iPhone.
[via Official Google Blog]