February 19, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Google has launched a product recognition and shopping comparison app named Google Shopper. The new app is very similar to Google Goggles: scan the cover of a book, CD, DVD, video game, or barcode, and Google will recognize that image, then perform a search on the product. Shopper will return prices from various retailers and provide a comparison from each store. It even does voice search so users can simply say the product title and see results.
I have no idea why Google spent the time to create a brand new app rather than just integrate these features into Google Goggles. The image scanning feature is obviously the same used in Goggles, so why create a brand new app to take up space when you could have just updated Goggles?
Google Shopper is available in the Android Market. The app is free and can store/bookmark your search results, as well as provide reviews.