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Google confirmed that its Goggles visual search application would be coming to Apple’s iPhone soon and also said it would release APIs for its image recognition, according to this scoop from ReadWriteWeb.

The image a user snaps with his or her camera is a query that gets sent to Google’s cloud computing data centers and processed with computer vision algorithms.

The application is available for smartphones based on Google’s Android operating system version 1.6 and up and is a popular draw among users of the Motorola Droid, Google Nexus One and HTC Droid Incredible.

This is a big step in helping Goggles reach a broader audience. Google confirmed that its Goggles visual search application would be coming to Apple’s iPhone soon. Google apps such as search, Google Maps and YouTube are popular on the iPhone, which has shipped more than 50 million units. Google also said it would release the image recognition technology that powers Goggles via APIs by the end of the year. Google just launched APIs for Google Latitude and Google Buzz to let programmers feed off of its work.

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