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 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.
Google Improves Link Sharing from AMP Articles
Google this week made it simpler for mobile device users to share AMP articles. AMP articles are specially formatted for viewing on mobile devices and load faster than standard web sites.