Google Commits to Bringing Goggles to iPhone
Google on Monday confirmed that it is working on a version of its Goggles Visual Search application for the iPhone. Goggles allows users to take pictures of objects and then perform searches based on the image — negating the need to type anything. Google said that it is considering opening up Goggles and publishing APIs (application programming interfaces) that would allow third-party companies to use Goggles in their applications. Google Goggles is currently only available for the Android platform. Google said the iPhone version of Goggles will be available by the end of the year.
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 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.
LG Begins Selling G5 Friends Directly Online
LG today made the G5 Friends accessories available for purchase from its web site. Consumers can buy the CAM Plus ($70), 360 CAM ($200), 360 VR goggles ($200), and Tone Platinum headphones ($200) to go with their G5.
Google Releases Dedicated YouTube VR App for Daydream
Google today made available YouTube VR, a separate app for Daydream View owners to find and consume virtual reality video content. Google says the content available within the app was all shot in 360-degrees to create immersive videoscapes and environments for exploration.