Google launches Google Local for mobile
Search engine market leaders Google have launched their Google Local for Mobile facility for the users on the move. It is a downloadable application, which can be loaded on certain mobile phones. Users can then use it to search for locations and then view them on a map. In addition, users can also view the location as a satellite image and get driving directions.
In addition, on finding the location being searched for, user can click on the number on the screen to directly call the service. In addition, as with the online web service, users can also shift their view of the map or zoom on their mobile handsets. The service is currently available only in the American market and uses java technology.
Users on Cingular Wireless LLC, Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA Inc. can use the mobile internet connectivity to download this application on their mobile phones. Verizon Communications Inc., Alltel Corp., and U.S. Cellular customers are however currently not supported by this mobile service from Google. Another disappointing fact is that Nextel, Blackberry and Palm devices are also currently not supported.
Google is providing this facility for free. However, users would require to pay for the usage to their mobile service providers.