Parents' Guide to

Google Goggles

By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Effective visual web search through your Android device.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Not helpful whatsoever

It doesn't recognize anything that i need it to. only very common things. if it doesnt recognize it then you'll see images of the same color type of your selected image. not even relevant.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Google Goggles is strong with items like logos, UPC codes, book titles, landmarks, maps, business cards, and products in general -- basically easily recognizable stuff with a strong web presence -- but it's not all-encompassing quite yet, since general views, products or companies with a smaller web presence, landscapes, animals, food, and plants bring up images with a similar graphic composition but not necessarily a direct connection. Some really useful applications are product (and price) research while shopping, scanning in contact info from business cards, and nearly hands-free searching -- for landmarks while on a family road trip, for example.

While it's quite easy to use, and the Tips & Tricks page gives a simple, icon-driven list of "app-effective" items, the app lacks any kind of general orientation or explanation of what it does. Of course, users can find a video online at the Google Mobile page, and after a few tries, it'll be obvious to most users. The translation feature integrates Google's superb web-based translation website, but the app seems to struggle with categorizing text as text, so the translate button does not come up every time text is scanned.

App Details

  • Device: Android
  • Subjects: Social Studies: exploration, Arts: painting, photography, sculpture
  • Skills: Communication: asking questions, conveying messages effectively, Tech Skills: evaluating media messages, using and applying technology, Self-Direction: initiative
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 22, 2012
  • Category: Productivity
  • Publisher: Google
  • Version: 1.9
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 2.2 and up
  • Last updated: July 13, 2020

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