Google Goggles was one of the novelty applications that I downloaded when I got my phone, but quickly forgot about.  A new update to this application today added a series of tweaks and improvements (making it faster and results more reliable) as well as a few new features:

  1. QR codes recognised by scanning.  Instead of having to take a picture, you just need to bring your camera over a QR code for it to be recognised and show you the information it contains
  2. Scanning of newspaper and magazine adverts.  This feature is for US users where adverts in magazines and newspapers since August 2010 should be recognised by the application, however this feature currently doesn’t seem to be working for quite a lot of ads.
  3. Solving Sudoku puzzles.  I’ve tried this and really does work, and amazingly fast too!  Just take a picture of a puzzle, select the Solve option and you’ll see your phone showing you the solution in a matter of seconds.

If you don’t have Goggles already you can download using the QR code below (click it if you’re browsing on your phone):

Google Goggles

Once downloaded you can try out the Sudoku feature on the puzzle below:

Sudoku Puzzle

The video below shows one of my favourite childhood games, Worms, running on a HTC Desire.

The game is already out, but unfortunately not available on the Market.  To download you need to visit EA’s mobile game store on your phone and purchase from there.  Payments are processed by Bango.

If you don’t trust Bango, or can’t see the game on the EA site yet then we can only hope EA see the sense in releasing it to the Android Market.  Personally I’m holding off buying if and until its on the Market, but it’s still exciting news to finally have this game on the HTC Desire and other Android phones.