Google Goggles 1.6.1 gave you a new way to capture images for the app to work its image-recognition magic upon, enabling search directly from the Camera. Today, Google has unveiled version 1.7 of the app, adding yet another new way to grab images, as well as implementing a couple other new features.
Instead of taking the time to crop-down the field of view you’re interested in and snapping a picture, Google Goggles 1.7 lets you use a continuous mode that scans all of what your smartphone’s camera sees for things it can recognize; there’s no need to single out any one object in particular. When you see the information you want come up, you just tap to get details on it. Continuous mode is only supported on phones running Gingerbread or higher.
When Goggles fails to make the ID you’re looking for, the app has let you submit your own suggestion for a result. Starting in 1.7, you’ll now be able to see such user submissions displayed alongside Google’s own analysis. Finally, there’s improved text recognition for your results, letting you quickly match a page from a book with the larger work, or find an online copy of the magazine article you’re reading.
Google Goggles 1.7 is available in the Android Market currently.