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Utility in Google's Mobile Maps

In Phoenix last week we used Google’s Mobile Maps on the Nokia N95 for a variety of tasks, and found the application to be a huge value. The software looks for the nearest mobile tower (or GPS location if you’ve turned on the GPS function), and when you search for a type of business — we were looking, for example, for a fabric store — you get the nearest ones.

This is the closest thing to a killer app for the mobile that I’ve found yet. News organizations are way, way behind the curve in meeting yet another local need.

2 Comments on “Utility in Google's Mobile Maps”

  1. #1 Notes from a Teacher: Mark on Media » Thursday squibs
    on Dec 27th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    […] Utility in Google’s Mobile Maps. After getting around Phoenix with a cellphone and Google maps, Dan Gillmor says newspapers are behind the curve in serving the local business search market. […]

  2. #2 Fabian
    on Dec 28th, 2007 at 5:16 am

    That is no rocket science, we have had services like that in Sweden for 8 years.