Google Goggles Coming To iPhone By End Of 2010


This week, Google confirmed that it will release Google Goggles for iPhone by the end of 2010.

David Petrou, head of Goggles, committed to having the iPhone version of Goggles out by end of 2010. However, Petrou provided no explanation as to why the iPhone version was delayed over Android, which launched in December 2009.

“We’re working on an iPhone version, and hope to have it out by the end of the year,” David Petrou, a Google staff engineer working on the Goggles project, told his keynote audience at Monday’s Hot Chips conference at Stanford University in California.

Now being built into Android, the app has been considered useful as it provides a visual search based on results from a smartphone camera. Results come from the app recognizing an object and returning links to shopping sites.

Goggles is also considered essential on Android, as the app can scan QR codes which Android users use as shortcuts to download Android apps.

Ever since the iPhone 3GS and its autofocus camera, Goggles has been technically able to run on iOS but the app was not yet made available for iPhone by Google.

While Goggles would make use of the iPhone 4’s 5-megapixel camera, it could also make use of the front facing camera by allowing users to capture objects without having to hold the item behind the iPhone.

I’m looking forward to Goggles on iPhone. Are you?



  • Anonymous

    Taking a picture of a business card and adding the person as a contact looks sick.

  • Anonymous

    Goggles, along with Navigation are 2 apps which are awesome to have on Android that aren’t on any other platform.

    With Goggles coming to iPhone, I wonder what Google will release next that will be Android only?

  • You can already do this with some app available on the app store

  • Anonymous

    Cool, do you remember the name of the app?

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t sound like it adds much new functionality.
    Omoby allows me to search for an object by snapping it’s picture. It’s amazing… We had a garage sale last weekend and it identified some china we had based on a picture of the pattern.

    And I can’t imagine how goggles could beat or match the AABBYY business card reader app considering how abysmal gmail contacts are.

  • Bionic Eye dose that. as well as “AroundMe” i think its called. same thing.
    im sure Googles will be better ( hopefully integrates, and works as well as Google maps )

  • there is more than one app to do it…
    but the one I’m using is “Business Card Reader” made by Shape Service…

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  • Noahattic

    i have been using this tool for months on my htc magic. it’s pretty intelligent!! im hoping this app is coming to iPhone soon.

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