Google Camera app rumored to get Google Goggles functionality

by: Edgar CervantesMarch 26, 2016
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Google has plenty of apps, devices and services, but their main business is Search. Really, everything revolves around Google Search, and if they can somehow tie in their other products, they will.

The latest rumor suggests even the official Google Camera app is to get a bit of extra functionality, but it’s really nothing new; it would simply be the implementation of a technology the Search Giant already uses.


The rumor is that the Android camera app would get Google Goggles capabilities. If you are out of the loop on this one, Google Goggles is an augmented reality app which allows you to make a search by taking a picture of anything.

It’s actually an awesome app, but not everyone goes through the effort of downloading it. This is why bringing its functionality to the official camera app (which is part of the stock Android experience in devices like the Nexus line) would be a significant move.

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These details come from an anonymous source who also gave us a bit more details on the project. The report states there will be a new feature integrated, allowing users to outline specific areas of the image in order to directly target their searches.


In Google Goggles, one can only search the whole image, which has proven to bring plenty of discrepancies. Images often display plenty of distractions, background items and other objects that may throw off a search result. According to the sketch provided, the system will also be able to recommend retailers for purchasing products, as well as other details.

Furthermore, it i said this technology has also been tested in “wearable computing devices”. This could suggest this technology may come to products like Google Glass and possibly even VR (or AR) headsets.

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That’s about all we know for now, but if this rumor is to pan out you can be sure more details will emerge soon enough. Until then, you can continue using Google Goggles on its own. What do you guys think, though? Would you enjoy Google Goggles integration on the official Android camera app?

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  • now if they can only make the google cam app on the nexus 5x stop bombing all the time. and panos a spheres are really messed up. google needs to deal with that..

  • Leandro Brandão

    They should at least update the camera app to use on non nexus devices on marshmallow.

    • RiTCHiE

      what you mean? I can doiwnload all them google app fine on my sony z5c.

      • Leandro Brandão

        Google camera v3 is not available on play store for non Nexus devices.
        The apk mirror version crashes on my HTC m8 when switching to video mode.

        • Dustin

          Sounds like an issue with HTC’s software then. Version 3.1 hows up on my (non Nexus device) Samsung Galaxy S7 and installs perfectly from the Google Play store :) Video mode also works fine

          • Leandro Brandão

            some weeks ago i was at GPE version of htc m8, still version 2 of google camera and v3 crashes, now i am at sense version and it doesn’t even let me install it anymore, not available in my country. i will try to install again from apk mirror just to test it..
            EDIT: Same problem, video mode crashes, so it crashes in both GPE and sense version.

        • RiTCHiE

          Ah i see and guess it will come later then because nexus only testing beta.

        • Twelk

          The Google camera v3 crashes on my nexus all the time so you aren’t missing much.

  • Noah Williams

    Hah! They really do get all their features from Motorola…

    • Jason Harris

      And cyanogenmod

      • Noah Williams

        Yes, can’t forget custom ROMs

    • JP

      Well, to be fair, Google did own Motorola’s Mobile division for several years..

      • Noah Williams


  • Gangsta101

    nice. i use goggles all the time. it would make a lot of sense to only launch the camera app to access to it.

  • Of couse the app is not downloaded by many users, it still the same as it was on Froyo.

    • Dazzza

      Agreed, Goggles hasn’t been updated in almost two years, it has a highlight feature just like the one described in the article but to me it would make more sense to integrate it with search rather than with the camera

      • KSOO

        Amen, amen, amen on that last point.

  • ZxyLady

    I would love to have Goggles in my Camera App. What a great idea!

  • KSOO

    Meh, I’d rather have exposure compensation, white balance, and metering modes first! I’d hardly ever use this fancy version of search-by-image, since I rarely don’t know how to express a search in words. They should take care of the more essential camera app features, and THEN play around with the unnecessaries.

  • ROB

    Does the girl come with the glasses?