The currently Android-only Google Goggles app will “soon” be available for the iPhone OS.
Google Goggles is a visual search tool that allows users to identify and display information for certain objects. Take a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge, The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, etc., and Goggles will identify it and then provide Google web search results for the object. Google admits this technology is still in its early stages and only works for extremely common objects like landmarks, famous artwork, books, logos, and the like.
Goggles also provide some functionality already found in some iPhone apps like reading bar codes and converting business cards into text, allowing you to more easily add that information to your Address Book.
When asked in a Q&A if Google Goggles would be coming to the iPhone, Google project manager Shailesh Nalawadi responded…
Yes, we will be coming to the iPhone soon.
Google says that new APIs in iPhone OS 4.0 will help them port the app to the iPhone platform more easily and successfully. My guess is we should be getting at least a few more tidbits during and the immediate weeks after WWDC.