Google Voice 'more than speaking search terms'

19 January 2010 — 11:43 AM

Google's voice search function Google Voice has more to it than users simply speaking their search terms, it has been suggested.

Apple iPhone and Android smartphones are able to use a method of searching where the location of the user is taken into account through the use of the Near Me Now function.

Consumers may want to consider recycling their old mobile phone in order to upgrade to a compatible handset and use the feature, which could provide them with access to information about their local area.

Andreas Pouros, chief operations officer for Greenlight, said that in the US, Google has provided local businesses with barcoded Google stickers that can be placed in the windows.

He added that a "user can scan with a mobile phone to bring up information such as reviews, contact information, menus".

Gartner recently revealed that mobile application stores will exceed 4.5 billion downloads during this year and that eight out of ten of these will be free for users.

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