Attack of the Mobile Search Apps

I only have time for a quick post, but it strikes me how so many local search plays are launching SMS-based search services. As noted earlier, NearbyNow has this; vFlyer launched a mobile search product today; Vehix.com plans to do…

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MapQuest Teams Up With OnStar

MapQuest today announced a partnership with GM's OnStar division that will allow online users to send maps and turn-by-turn spoken directions to their OnStar devices. This falls in line with the cross-platform personalization that we’re seeing a lot of in…

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Tellme Enhances Local Business Search

The recently acquired Tellme today announced that it will integrate a new local business search into its multi-modal voice search platform. From the press release: The free service launches today with local business search by business name or category. Designed…

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Gannett, TV Stations Add Mobile WAPsites

Mobile versions of newspaper and TV station sites  WAPsites have mostly been corporate vanity projects, generally attracting just a couple of dozen regular users. But as the demographics for enhanced mobile services have graduated from kids downloading ringtones and…

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Googles Free 411 Product Launches

Google has officially launched its free 411 product. The number, 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411), makes business name and category search accessible from any U.S. telephone. This is a product we originally uncovered in our report Wireless Voice Search: The Multi-Modal Revolution. At…

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Yellowpages.com Joins MoLo Pack

Yellowpages.com today joined the ranks of local search providers that have an SMS-based mobile local search application. Similar to Google SMS and Yahoo! Mobile (and one from Starbucks), any cellphone user can send a business name or category in a…

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CTIA Under Way: MoLo News to Come

The CTIA Wireless confab is under way, and we're expecting a host of product launches and announcements that have implications for mobile local search. A prelude to some of these were given last week at TKG's Drilling Down On Local…

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A Conversation With Vehix.com

Earlier in the week, I had the chance to catch up with Vehix.com CEO Derek Mattsson, who had some interesting things to say related to Monday's post about Starbucks taking mobile local search into its own hands. Vehix is interested…

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A Google Phone?

Simeon Simeonov has a good post on the mysterious and long rumored Google phone, complete with screen shots. No confirmation about whether this is true or not, but Simeon's blog is a good read.

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Tellme Blends Voice and Visual

Tellme Networks announced today that it will expand its mobile voice platform to allow mobile search application developers to build products that integrate voice and visual search. In essence this brings together the ease of speaking and of seeing results…

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What’s Next for Online Coupons?

The New York Times' Bob Tedeschi wrote an article on Monday (which has been sitting on my desktop, among others, waiting to be read) about online coupons. It said much of what we already know about coupons but also provided…

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A Conversation With AdStar

Following up on yesterday's mobile news roundup, we had the chance to catch up with AdStar CEO Leslie Bernhard and others during a call yesterday afternoon. The company earlier in the day had announced a partnership with Nokia to integrate…

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Smartphones and Mobile Local Search

In the past, we've talked about the effect smartphone use has on mobile local search adoption. Many third-party mobile local search applications such as Earthcomber only work on smartphones. Similarly, designing a robust and compelling enough mobile search platform is…

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Mobile News Aplenty

The 3GSM World Congress is going on this week in Barcelona, and we've already seen a handful of important announcements that relate to mobile local search.  Yahoo! announced a display ad platform for mobile devices that will involve banner…

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The Distance Left to Travel in Mobile Search

ZDNet reports on two different mobile usage studies here and here. Both show usage and revenues growing dramatically over the next three to five years, with entertainment services (games, music, TV) having the steepest incline. Though search wasn't mentioned, increased…

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