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Google Goodies to Go

For those out there who use a mobile web enabled device like a BlackBerry or smartphone these are good days for you. I've already posted about an RSS newsreader for the BlackBerry and a way to get answers on the go. Now you need to know about two new features for the mobile web.

Google Local

When users visit http://mobile.google.com/local on their XHTML-enabled mobile phone, they can enter their search term in the ’What’ search box and location in the ’Where’ search box to receive results from Google Local. For example, if users enter the query [wifi hotspot] in the ’What’ search box and [90266] in the ’Where’ search box, they will receive Google Local results of wifi hotspots in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Currently available in the U.S. and Canada, this service enables users to find business listings and driving directions, view an area using Google Maps with zooming capabilities, and click-to-call.

Driving Directions

With Google SMS, users have another choice to access information on-the-go. This service enables users to send a search query as a text message to the U.S. five digit shortcode 46645 (GOOGL on most phones) and receive Google Local, Froogle, finance, weather, and movie showtime results. Today, Google added driving directions to this list. For example, if users enter the query [from jfk to 50 broadway new york], they will receive turn-by-turn driving directions as a text message on their mobile phone or device. Google SMS is available on most U.S. carriers. More information can be found here.

[Google Mobile]

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April 14, 2005 in Building Customer Community, CMO, Current Affairs, Travel, Web/Tech | Permalink


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