Nokia Intros New 'Point & Find' App for Camera Phones
Today Nokia announced a new beta application called Point & Find. Users aim their phones' camera at an object, and are automatically linked to information about that object. Point & Find uses real-time image processing and recognition technologies to link the user to digital content and services. It can also read bar codes, will integrate GPS data, and supports category-specific text-entry search. When the phone is pointed at an object, the software uses the phone's camera and data connection to evaluate the object. It then searches through a database, identifies the object, and returns a set of links to associated content and services. Right now, the beta is limited to users in the U.S. and U.K., and focuses on movies. Nokia said that more services and countries will be integrated into the application over time.
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.
Microsoft Announces 3D Capture App
Microsoft today announced a new 3D Capture app for phones. Using only the phone's camera, it can capture an object's shape and texture for importing into the new 3D tools available in the new version of Windows 10, dubbed Windows 10 Creators Update.
Google Partners Create Add-Ons for Docs and Sheets
Google today said it has worked with several partners to develop Android add-ons for its Docs and Sheets productivity apps. The add-ons extend the functionality of Docs and Sheets, allowing people to accomplish more from their mobile phones.
Google Opens Up Beta Testing for Search App
Google is inviting some Android users to join a new beta program for testing the Google Search app. Google did not call out any specific new features in the first beta release, but warned testers it may be unstable or buggy.