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Rumor: Google's Android camera will get smart with Goggles

Android cameras may get visual search functions soon, SlashGear says.

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Google might be working on a new feature for Android cameras that allows smartphone photo-snappers to search for information directly from their pictures, SlashGear reports. This tech would essentially combine Google Goggles, a visual-search app that's been around for years, with your Android camera (or Google Camera, if you're really into brand-name apps).

Google Goggles lets users take pictures of recognizable or famous objects and instantly discover more information about those things. Plus, it can read text in eight languages and translate it. SlashGear reports (citing one anonymous source, it should be noted) that Google's new tech would let users trace an outline around the object they want information on, getting rid of background noise and clutter.

So far, this functionality has been tested in mobile devices and wearables, SlashGear says. Something like this would work well in an augmented reality headset, we bet.

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