Google Goggles Adds Support for Non-Autofocus Devices
Google recently provided a significant update to its Google Goggles search product for Android devices. Among the many new features added to the app, Google Goggles now supports devices that don't have autofocus cameras, which means it will be available to more entry-level smartphones. The new Google Goggles is also faster and better at tracking objects when in continuous mode, and the search-from-camera feature now works without first enabling search history. Goggles also bolsters its QR-scanning abilities, and will show a thumbnail if the QR code has an embedded URL, will scan URLs against known malicious links, and can read a wider array of bar codes. Last, Google Goggles will offer search results that appear similar to the subject if it can't find an exact match. The update is free.
Google Now On Tap Lets You Search Selected Text and Images
Google today announced an update to its Now On Tap feature for devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Moving forward, users will be able to highlight the exact set of text they'd like to search via Now On Tap.
Bing for iPhone Let's You Search via Pictures
Microsoft has updated its Bing search application for the iPhone and added the ability to search for images captured by the camera. The tool, similar to Google Goggles, lets users take a picture and then use the picture to perform a search.
Google Adds Instant Playback When Searching for Music
Google recently added a new feature to Google Search for Android devices that makes it faster than ever to listen to new artists. From now on, when users ask Google Search about an artist or band, they'll be able to tap a link in the search results and play the artist's music in one of the music apps installed on the phone.
Google Lens Uses Machine Learning to Recognize Objects
Google today announced Google Lens, an image-recognition tool that relies on mobile cameras to perform searches. The tool is a significant advancement to the old Google Image Search app.