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Voice-activated local business searching by phone

Tanya Goodin
Tanya Goodin
CEO
19 April 2007

Google has announced its entry into the mobile search arena by
launching its very own ‘directory-like’ service hosted on the company’s
Labs site. Google’s voice local search(still in beta) allows you to
search for businesses in your area using either a landline or mobile
phone. The service uses the same local business information as Google
Maps.

According to the search giant, it is able to detect the location from
which the call was made and prompt the caller to voice out their search
query. Callers may search for a business specifically by name or via
categories. Search results can either be read out to the caller or sent
to a mobile phone via SMS, and the caller can then be connected
directly to the company free of charge. The service is free and
currently in the beta testing stage.

Myles says:

"Google has always been at the forefront when it comes to search, and this is no exception".

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