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 Takes Steps to Ensure Search Results Are Locally Relevant
Google today said it has updated the way it handles queries in Search and Maps when people travel. Moving forward, people will be served search results based on their actual location, not the domain they've indicated on the web (such as .com, .uk, .de, etc.) Google says people using Search in the U.S.
Google Adds Captions to Image Search Results
Google today said it is now providing more information in image search results. When people perform searches using Google Images, they'll see new captions that include the title of the web page where the result is published.
Google Tweaks Search with Fresh Discovery Tools
Google today announced several changes to its core search product that are meant to help people discover fresh content as they perform searches. For example, Featured Snippets are content highlighted by Google to provide "quick, relevant answers" to search queries.