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Google goggles meet the iPhone

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It goes to space. It saves lives. And now it searches images.

Add one more thing to the list of what iPhone owners get to brag about.

iPhone now has the much-ballyhooed Google Goggles application, which matches photos of certain objects with a search term.

Take a photo of a business card, and the application will prompt you to put the info in your contacts. Photograph a building and it will let you know the name of the landmark. Snap a picture of a wine label and it will bring up ratings on the wine.

Animals and non celebrities won't show up in the search quite yet, but it will help you pass a Modern Arts exam: it can identify famous works of art.

Android users greeted the news with a smug shrug: they've had access to the application for a year. However, it does seem that Android has lost its exclusive hold on Google applications. We'll have to wait and see what this means for Android sales now that Apple and Google are playing nice with one another.

Meanwhile Blackberry users met the news with disdain: Who cares about the Google Goggles? Say it three times fast: Google Goggles, Google Goggles, Google Goggles. It's a ridiculous term! We're happy with good old Blackberry messenger, thank you very much.

By Melissa Bell  | October 6, 2010; 10:34 AM ET
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