Google Goggles has been updated to version 1.6 with a feature that aims to make your smartphone camera “smarter.” With a new opt-in feature, Goggles will now automatically perform a search on any image you take with your camera, whether you snap the picture using the app or not. The search takes place in the background, and, should any useful results such as paintings or landmarks be returned, a notification will be pushed.
Many might be hesitant of the new feature, viewing it as just one more way for Google to collect information on its users, and Google no doubt hopes to gain from whatever data they uncover, but the feature is stressed as opt-in only. Goggles won’t be googling your images without your knowledge. Automatic image searches could certainly come in handy when it comes to uncovering fun facts or interesting threads of information related to the objects and places you photograph, but for now it still doesn’t do much to elevate Goggles into an app useful on a daily basis. Head over to the Android Market to download or update Goggle now.