Search giant Google Inc., today announced the release of Google SMS, a new service that enables people to get instant answers to specialized queries through text messaging. So, if you’re on the road, but need to find some food, a phone number or compare prices, Google now offers help through your cell phone.
Using a cell phone or handheld device, users can now obtain local business or residential listings, dictionary definitions, product prices and more – all available through Google. By sending a query to the US shortcode number 46645 (corresponding to GOOGL on most mobile phones), users can receive specific results as a text message to their mobile device.
Using Google SMS, people can:
* Find names, addresses and phone numbers for local businesses and residences
* Compare online product prices with ones you find in retail stores
* Look up dictionary definitions to expand your vocabulary or prove a point.
"Using your phone to send and receive text messages is a newer phenomenon in the U.S. Now we’re getting into the fray with Google SMS. It’s a way to access Google for precise information from your mobile phone or handheld device (like a BlackBerry)" said Benjamin Ling, Product Manager, Google SMS in his blog post.
Currently available only in the United States, Google SMS works with wireless providers including AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Nextel, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint PCS. More information can be found on the Google SMS page.
We tested this inhouse and found the following:
When Text Messaging "Price Hosting" Google replied: Froogle:wholsale web hosting $9.99 per year unlimited memory, $9.99 Andale along with another listing for a ebook on desktop hosting.
When we tried to locate Google HQ, we messaged "google mountainview ca" and got back, did you mean mountain view ca, and then the full address for google Inc.
All in alla nice addition to the search assests of Google indeed. Although the inability to do anything with the price feature makes that part of the service lacking.