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01/10/2011 05:52 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Google Goggles Gets An Update, Can Solve Sudoku (VIDEO)

Google Goggles, Google's image-based search app, just got an upgrade and it's now powerful enough to finish your Sunday morning Sudoku. Literally.

The app, which identifies real-world objects using a smartphone's camera, has been available on the Android platform for some time, and became one of the features included in the Google for iPhone app last October. The new update brings a slew of improvements, including faster barcode identification, and the ability to recognize print ads from August 2010 onward, according to TechCrunch.

But perhaps the coolest new feature of Google's already awesome app is its ability to read and solve Sudoku puzzles, just by taking a picture of them.

From the Google Mobile Blog:

Our favorite weekend distraction is a quiet 15 minutes spent solving a Sudoku puzzle. But even that can be an frustrating experience if (like us) you make a mistake and are unable to solve the puzzle. Now, Goggles on Android and iPhone can recognize puzzles and provide answers to help make you faster than a Sudoku champ. So if you ever get stuck, take a clear picture of the entire puzzle with Goggles and we'll tell you the correct solution. Check out this video to see how it works.

Check out the video below to see Google Goggles in action.

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