Google SMS Search quietly shut down

Google seems to have quietly shut down their SMS search service.

Google SMS search is quite popular in countries like India and China where users can get search results through SMS without requiring an internet connection.

You send a query through SMS to a local number and Google returns optimized results in a text.

A Google representative confirmed the news:

Closing products always involves tough choices, but we do think very hard about each decision and its implications for our users. Streamlining our services enables us to focus on creating beautiful technology that will improve people’s lives.

Google of course does not have any alternative service offering similar capabilities. The website does not state the shutdown right now here in India.

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