updated 03:05 pm EST, Mon December 7, 2009
Google real-time and Goggles debut
Google today launched a pair of developments that promises to overhaul its core search business. The company has developed a real-time search display known as "latest" that shows new, live results alongside the original search hits. It can not only find news stories and other typical updates as they appear but also Twitter and other content that doesn't always get indexed elsewhere.
The live search should be available today and will also work on the mobile site optimized for Android and the iPhone.
In Google Labs, the company has unveiled Goggles, a search feature optimized for smartphones or other more visually inclined visitors. Submitting a photo taken from a phone's camera or a similar source compares it against items on the web and can turn up both the name of the product as well as relevant searches for that item. It can even recognize barcodes and uses text recognition to identify labels or documents.
Unlike real-time search, Goggles is initially limited only to phones running Android 1.6 or later; there's been no mention of if or when iPhones and other platforms will get the feature.