Today, Google surprised the Android community with a little treat named "Goggles" (see Google testing Goggles visual search).
Originally thought to be exclusively released internally, amongst Googles staff, Goggles is now available for download in the Android Market for devices running version 1.6 and later. The application aims to bring visual search to the Android platform, allowing users to search by taking pictures of landmarks, barcodes, books, and other everyday items. Goggles also features a form of augmented reality, overlaying information about places your camera is looking at, such as restaurants, stores, and famous places.
Google also released an updated version of Maps (3.3.0) for Android 1.6 and above. This version now has a Labs section, allowing users to add features that are currently in testing, such as a scale bar, terrain layer, popular categories, layer button, and a compass arrow. To learn more about the new Maps, visit Phandroid.
As rumored earlier this morning, Google and Verizon began rolling out an OTA update of Android 2.0.1 for the Motorola Droid. This is a minor update for Googles most popular, and only, Android 2.0 handset, which has already made its way to over 700,000 Verizon customers throughout the US. Users should be receiving the update within the next 48 hours, if they havent gotten it already. The update includes everything from longer battery life to improved Bluetooth functionality.
Android (as well as the iPhone) also received Real Time Search capabilities. Visit our previous coverage at Google introduces real time search.