Today Google announced version 1.6 of Google Goggles for Android. Ordinarily an upgrade to Google’s often forgotten image searching utility wouldn’t be too interesting, but this time they’ve added a new feature: auto-search by image, or as ReadWriteWeb has dubbed it, Perma-Goggles. Checking a box in a new settings page will enable the Camera app to upload every images you take to Google for matching against Goggles search results, which then causes the app to ping you with a notification.
This is quite interesting, I believe it could herald in a new age of photographic organization. Imagine if this was paired with the Auto-Upload feature of Google Plus (which basically uploads everything to a private Picasa album), and it stored the results with the photo. Now instead of having to manually tag your photographs, Google would do it for you, automatically.
How often had you gone through your photo library, trying to find that one image, but you can’t. You remember a couple details about it, you know what it looks like, but because you didn’t tag it, you can’t do a search for it. This could change that with auto-tagging, paired with facial recognition, it could finally help people manage their run-away collections of the random images we take these days.
Mark my words, this could be bigger than we imagine.