New Google patent shows off landmark photo recognition


Google has been getting into some pretty awesome stuff lately. On top of doing a complete rebrand of its market apps to what is now known as Google Play, the company has also been patenting some useful things for Android. And now, there's yet another patent about Android that should actually be useful to many people. 

Picture this: you're in a very rural town. For some reason, your device doesn't have GPS (or it does, but this town is so small that it isn't on the map) but you do have a few bars of LTE would really like to know where you are. This town happens to house the world's largest boulder . . . or something. You then remember that your phone has the ability to take a picture, upload it to Google's servers, and give you an estimation on your whereabouts. You do it, find out what city you're next to, and all is well.

It's a pretty cool idea, and I certainly hope it makes it to Android soon. This, coupled with the front-facing camera gestures, would make Android leap ahead of the competition and stay ahead for quite a while. 

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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