Google Goggles Updated with Improved Continuous Mode
Google has bumped its Goggles product up to version 1.8. The new version now saves recognized objects into the user's search history. It also adds speed improvements to the barcode scanner. The update is available from the Google Play Store.
Chrome for iOS Gains QR Scanning Tool
Google today updated its Chrome browser for iOS devices and added a novel tool: a QR and barcode scanner. iPhone owners can scan a QR code or barcode by using 3D Touch on the app logo or by searching for "QR" in iOS's Spotlight search bar.
Google Search Shows When Your Fave Shops Are Busy
Google updated its search application with the ability to show when businesses are at their busiest. Google Search results will display a graph that depicts the location's average foot traffic throughout the day.
Google Search App Can Be Used to Open, Interact with Other Apps
Google has updated the main search application for Android devices and expanded its ability to use voice commands with other installed applications. For example, users can say things like, "Ok Google, Shazam this song," or "Ok Google, listen to NPR" and it will do exactly that.
Google Lens Reaches Pixel Handsets
Google has updated Google Assistant on its Pixel smartphones and added the Google Lens tool it first announced back in May. Google Lens is an image-recognition function that relies on mobile cameras to perform searches.