I recently had need to OCR a screenshot I had taken of my phone. I went to Google Play to find an app to do that, when I noticed that one of them was tagged "goggles". That reminded me of the Google Goggles app, which I already had installed. So I decided to see whether or not Goggles would work on an image that had already been taken. I found that it could, and it did successfully OCR the portion of the image that I needed.

The annoying thing was that it, quite without my permission, took that OCR'd text and did a Google search on it. It had no reason do to that, and I'm glad I wasn't OCR'ing any really personal data. So my question is: Is there any way to stop Goggles from doing the automatic search, or should I look for another OCR app?

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    If the part you're concerned about is sending the data to Googles servers, that's most likely already done for the OCR itself. I doubt there are many apps out there which can do complete onboard (offline) OCR. Just try doing the OCR in airplane mode to verify, I might be wrong here. – Izzy May 12 '14 at 19:14
  • I'd just like the option to copy numbers. I very rarely want to search, so to have this as default is pretty frustrating. – jozxyqk Feb 9 '16 at 7:10

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