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Using Goggles

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by nickkr, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. nickkr

    nickkr Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Jul 4, 2010
    I was out and about yesterday in Bath and for the first time used Goggles properly and was a bit confused how the "live info" supposed to work.

    Stood squarely outside Bath Abbey after a few seconds I got a Google location marker with "14" on it..... selecting this brought up a list of local attractions. Impressively Bath Abbey was number 1.
    Then a series of individual items started to populate the bottom screen (Pubs , Estate agents etc) - but no Abbey. Most of these were quite a way from my location. The video of the goggles page suggests the info returned is very localised - i.e. point it at a restaurant and it will show info about that place. Didn't seem to work quite like that.

    Then all these icons dissapeared. With no refresh the only way to get it back was to restart Goggles.
    It IS impressive but I was left feeling I was missing something!


  2. Mushhushshu

    Mushhushshu Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2010
    Bristol, England
    Those things at the bottom of the screen is the nearby places overlay. It happens automatically and seems relatively pointless. Results always seem very random to me. Its kinda seperate from the goggles bit itself, with goggles you actually take a picture with the camera icon, and then this is analyzed so goggles can tell you what it is/translate/google search etc. The nearby places just come up automatically, I imagine its more for advertising than anything useful.
    Check out layar if youre looking for something similar for nearby places that actually works. Functions in the same way but you can apply different layers and filters and results dont just randomly disappear.
  3. CarsnGadgets

    CarsnGadgets Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2010
    technical illustrator
    The more people use it and the more items and places are added to the database, the more useful and accurate it will become, its still a work in progress beta. Google hope to greatly improve it in the future.

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