Approximately a week back at the I/O 2013 conference, Google released the new and improved Google Search app for Android. The update brought voice reminders, real-time public transit updates and content suggestions such as upcoming music, TV, books etc. Before version 2.5 of this app came online, the previous version had a perfectly useful feature that has, according to the folks at AndroidPolice, been quietly removed. The ‘Search With Camera’ feature of the Google Search app has been removed without any explanation whatsoever.
It was pretty simple to use this feature. The user just had to take a picture through the device’s camera and the app would do an image search. It essentially was the integration of Google Goggles in this app, as the feature was also useful for scanning QR codes. Reportedly, no voice commands are working and ‘Search With Camera’ has completely been disabled and removed from within the app. Google hasn’t released a statement as to why this feature was removed, though its not something they’re obliged to do, but it would certainly be nice knowing the reason behind the axing of ‘Search With Camera.’