Google Goggles for Android Now Focuses Continuously
Google today updated its Goggles visual search product to version 1.7 for the Android platform. The new version's most important feature is a continuous focusing mode, which negates the need to actually take a picture. Simply point the application at the subject and Goggles will begin searching for what it sees automatically. Google recommends using this feature with books, products, artwork, and landmarks. Goggles 1.7 also adds better text recognition support, and can deliver search results based in snippets of text. Last, Google says the new version delivers better results based on user submissions, and Google continues to accept user suggestions for further refining the accuracy of results. Google Goggles 1.7 is available to all versions of Android, but Android 2.3 is required to use the continuous focusing mode.
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.
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.
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 Play Music Searches Reveal Playable Results
Google has updated its Play Music app for Android devices and made it possible to play songs directly from search results. Now, when users search for a song, album, or artist, the top three results include a "play" button that lets them jump immediately to those songs.
Google to Surface iOS App Content in Search Results
Google today enabled a new functionality that will let the Google Search app find content within iOS apps and include that data in search results. Users will then be able to select the search results and go directly to the associated app on their phone.