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I don't have a phone that can upload a picture to Google Goggles... is there a way I can use this image search engine from something that isn't a phone, like my laptop? Some sort of extension accessing the Google Goggles API would make the most sense to me.

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I think Google Goggles only runs on Android 1.6+ phones

So either you would have to run a Dev-emulator on your desktop or at the moment it is simply not possible. And since it's 1.6+ only, you won't be seeing a lot of the current HTC phones running it, which might slow down general adoption.

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I have created a desktop version called Desktop Reverse Image Search,
which can make image search on desktop possible.

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Welcome & nice first post. – nixda Dec 30 '12 at 20:58

You can use Google's image search using images option, which is a lot like having Google Goggles on your desktop: http://blip.tv/howtophil/google-goggles-for-your-desktop-or-laptop-pc-mac-etc-6612755

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