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Ultimate Android Travel App – Google Goggles

Published 4th August 2010
by Paul Dow ~ 1 min, 7 secs read

Google goggles has been around for a while now but is an interesting and inventive little app for Android phones.

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral taken via Google Goggles.

I decided to install the app on my HTC Desire to give it a test drive. I ventured out on to the streets of London and took a quick shot of St Paul’s Cathedral. It wasn’t a great shot (I was walking whilst I took it) but to my surprise it managed to find St Paul’s Cathedral in Google complete with a photo and it’s Wikipedia entry.

Google Goggles is a visual search app, meaning that the user takes a photo rather than entering words and the app attempts to return the relevant results.

If this wasn’t interesting enough, Google Goggles has also updated the app to work as a translator, great news for us travellers. For example if you are in a restaurant in some far away country and you can’t understand the menu, simply take a photo and the app will translate the text.

Google Goggles can be used to search the following: text, landmarks, books, contact info, artwork, places, wine and logos.

The app will also be available for Iphone in the near future.

Google Goggles Android app
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Paul Dow is an English, optimistic, late sleeper, green tea drinker, writer, web developer, soccer fan and editor of TravMonkey. Currently recovering in London after traveling solo for 22 months through Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South America.
1 Comment, have your say...
  1. Wow! That sounds awesome…

    I need to get rid of my IBrick and be finally part of the Smart phones era! :)

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