Monday, November 07, 2005

Google Local for mobile phones

Google has introduced a java applet that you can download to your mobile phone that allows you to use location-based technology to access the following:

  • Detailed directions
  • Satellite imagery
  • Integrated search results
  • Movable maps

I’d try it, except the applet does not support Nextel or Blackberries.  Here’s a list of supported and unsupported devices and service providers:

Local for mobile works with most Java-enabled (J2ME) mobile phones, especially those purchased within the past year; this includes phones offered by Cingular, Sprint and T-Mobile. At this time, Local for mobile doesn't support BREW-enabled phones (e.g. Verizon, Alltel, U.S. Cellular), Nextel phones, Blackberry devices or Palm devices.

If you happen to have a device or service provider that is supported, you should give it a try, especially if you have an unlimited data plan.  On the other hand, if you are like me and are unsupported, you will have to SMS to 46645 (GOOGL) or point your mobile browser to


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