Google just hit Android users with a sack full of potatoes. And by potatoes I mean delicious new apps and features. Let’s take a look:
Google Maps 3.3.0
Maps gets a huge update that adds a new “Labs” feature which lets you enable or disable Maps experiments (much like GMail experiments). They are great! Take a look at the screenshots below to see the five currently available experiments. The official return of the compass really made my day. Also new is a feature to directly report mapping errors to Google.
Google Goggles 1.0.0
Google Goggles is a brand new application that uses the built-in camera and gps to help you identify and search for information on things simply by taking a picture. This Youtube video provides a nice explanation. I tested Goggles on a book cover, but Goggles can also be used to recognize real life objects with or without text. Note that Goggles can only be used on devices with Android 1.6 or newer.
A picture of the book I tested:
And Google Goggles at work: