Google Mobile App Adds Search By Voice And Location!
on 26 Mar 2009 09:19 am
Google's mobile applications keep getting better and better, and with getting better I have to say I'm glad they are keeping up with support for all platforms rather then just dumping all their efforts into Android. But unfortunately for BlackBerry Storm users, Google says you're not supported at this time.
Google's mobile app has been updated with some nice new functionality. The latest additions are that of voice activated searching (think of usage in line with vlingo) and also has introduced location based searches as well. I'll borrow Google's example to give you an idea of how it works:
Suppose you're vacationing in London, and you have a craving for fish and chips. With the My Location feature enabled, you can just enter "fish n chips" into Google Mobile App, and it will return the fish and chips restaurants closest to you.
I tested the new features out and they work great. The voice recognition system for searches is pretty spot on, although that will vary for users. Location searches for non-GPS enabled devices also works great as it uses triangulation so you really can't go wrong there... even if it's not 100% precise on your location, you're still hitting the area around you which is what matters. I'll be keeping this one around!