Google Hotel Finder Goes Mobile

google-hotel-finder Google's Hotel Finder, which launched in June 2011, is now available on mobile devices. Google said all you need to do is go to directly on your smart phone and search for your destination. Listings will come up almost immediately, giving you the ability to filter the search results by price, hotel class, user rating and distance. Each hotel listing page will show you photos, hotel amenities, reviews and its location on a map. Google will also let you book the hotel directly through the site using Google Wallet or your credit card. Google said availability is cur [...]

Nexus 5 First Impressions: A Great, Search-Centric Smartphone

Google Nexus 5 Google shipped out demo versions of the Nexus 5 late last week. People are still receiving them today. I got one on Friday and have been using it on WiFi ever since. (I haven't tried it on a wireless network and can't speak to the LTE experience.) The phone immediately sold out of its initial supply online. Both the 16GB and 32GB versions now require a wait time of at least 3 - 4 weeks (4 - 5 weeks in the case of the 16GB version). This won't be a comprehensive Nexus 5 handset review or a complete review of Android 4.4 "KitKat." If you're looking for complete rundowns on the handset or i [...]

Google Adds Glassware Page For Glass Apps But Missing A Search Box

google-glass-featured Google has quietly added a new section to the MyGlass site for Glassware. This section will be the location Google Glass users will be able to discover and manage the apps (i.e., Glassware) they can add to their Google Glass. As you know, Google opened up Glassware submissions to developers and when that opens up, Google needs to give Glass users and easy way to find these apps. The link is available via the top navigation under the MyGlass page: Then it loads a page that shows "Featured Glassware" and "All Glassware." What is interesting is that there is no search box to searc [...]

Google’s Starting To Enforce Smartphone Penalties: The Evidence

In June, Google announced it would be adjusting search rankings appearing on smartphones based on how well the site in question handled the mobile user experience. The company didn’t say exactly when these changes would be rolling out, but only said it planned “to roll out several ranking changes in the near future that address sites that are misconfigured for smartphone users.” These smartphone misconfiguration errors include faulty redirects like app interstitials or homepage redirects, and smartphone-only errors such as unplayable videos, smartphone-only 404 pages and serving 4 [...]

People+, A People Search Directory App, Coming To Google Glass In 2014

people-plus-icon People+, a people directory and search app that's available now on iOS, is coming to Google Glass in 2014. The company bills its service as a "Wikipedia about professionals and companies," and its unreleased Glass app was selected as a finalist this week at the DEMO Fall conference for emerging technology. As the company's website explains, People+ builds its database of companies and individuals via volunteer contributors and from publicly available sources. It takes that information and creates what it calls "an intelligent, curated directory of people and companies" that "helps you fi [...]

Foursquare Gives iPhone Users Real-Time Recommendations & Rolls Out 2 New Search Features

foursquare-featured Foursquare announced three new upgrades today. The location sharing app has extended its 'Real-Time Recommendations' to iPhone users, and added two new search features: a 'Nearby' button and the 'Friends at a Glance' feature that displays most recent check-ins by friends. According to the announcement, the app's look and feel has also been updated with, "A simple feed that shows you what's most relevant nearby, right now." While the 'Real-time Recommendations' has been available to Android users since August, Foursquare says the feature that makes automatic recommendations is now availab [...]

Yahoo Releases New Search Experience For iOS Devices

yahoo-new-logo-240px Yahoo rolled out a newly designed search experience for iOS users today. According to the company, the new design mirrors the PC search update Yahoo launched earlier this year. Now, instead of the previous Yahoo Search tabs, users on iOS mobile devices will see a navigation bar that disappears when a they begin to scroll. Yahoo says that links on the search page have been optimized so that they are easier to tap, and product images have been enlarged for easier viewing, with new sorting, filtering and viewing options to improve the shopping experience. Other updates include a justified l [...]

Searching For The Voice Of Siri: Voiceover Actor Susan Bennett Says, “It’s Obviously Me”

apple-siri A story on claims that Atlanta voiceover professional Susan Bennett is the original voice of Siri, Apple's iPhone voice application. According to the story, Bennett did voice work for the software company ScanSoft in 2005. CNN says ScanSoft was then purchased by Nuance Communications, a company that is credited with providing Apple the technology behind Siri. Bennett told reporter Jessica Ravitz that she remained quiet about being the voice of Siri until now because she was unsure if she wanted the attention. "I really had to weigh the importance of it for me personally. [...]

Google Makes Mobile Search Faster With Ping Attribute

google-one-second-mobile-featured Ilya Grigorik, a Google developer advocate, announced last night a small tweak Google made to the mobile search experience that will speed up the mobile search experience on mobile Safari and Chrome by 200-400 milliseconds. By implementing a attribute named <a ping>, Google is able to asynchronously do the click tracking and redirect virtually at the same time, speeding up the time it takes to track and redirect the user to the mobile site. Grigorik said, Google is "gradually rolling out this improvement to all browsers that support the <a ping> attribute." He also explained [...]

Maps Roundup: Google Avoids Waze Antitrust Fight, Scout Social Mapping, deCarta Route Patent

google-maps-iphone-icon Google spent just over $1 billion to take Waze away from Facebook, Apple or Nokia and Microsoft. It equally sought the real-time driver feedback that Waze crowd-sourcing provides. Given the size of the transaction the US FTC got immediately involved to bring antitrust scrutiny to the acquisition. Now Bloomberg reports that the FTC is unlikely to block the deal: The Federal Trade Commission hasn’t raised concerns that the transaction might hurt competition, said the people, who asked not to be named because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter. Google said June 21 [...]

Google Launches New Card-Based “Unified Design” Search Results For Mobile Devices

Google logo Google has just rolled out their new "more unified design" of displaying search results for mobile devices, including smartphones and tablet devices. As expected, Google said A new “more unified design” will offer "cleaner and simpler, optimized for touch, with results clustered on cards so you can focus on the answers you’re looking for." Here are pictures from how the interface looks on an iPhone and iPad: We've seen Google testing this interface earlier this month and now it is finally live. For more on the Knowledge Graph and other changes announced last week, se [...]

Google’s Android App Updated With Google Now Improvements

Google mobile app logo Google has pushed out an update to its search app for Android devices that includes some improvements to Google Now cards among other things. The updates are available to Android 4.1+ users. They include immediate updates to the flight- and sports-related Google Now cards, which previously were updated every 15 minutes. Google says the public transit card has been improved (no details how), and there are also new "Smart TV" cards that will show news and music currently on TV. Here's a look at the full list of updates: - Related website for current location - Real-time sports and flight [...]

Apple Maps Sends Two Users Driving Across An Airport Runway

apple-maps-featured Despite some observers saying that Apple Maps on iOS 7 is better than Google Maps, that's definitely not the case for anyone trying to drive to the Fairbanks (Alaska) airport recently. As the Alaska Dispatch newspaper reported on Tuesday, Apple Maps has sent out-of-towners driving dangerously across an airport runway at least two times in the past three weeks. The turn-by-turn directions were specific, using the access route that general aviation pilots use to the East Ramp, which is on the other side of the runway from the main airport terminal. The map directions concluded by tell [...]

Study: 61 Percent Of Mobile Callers Ready To Convert

mobile-local-search-featured As a marketer if you're not making it easy for mobile users to call you, you're losing business. A new survey of 3,000 US smartphone users, conducted by IPSOS on behalf of Google, underscores the critical role of calls in the mobile path to purchase. Almost two-thirds (61 percent) of survey respondents said that "click to call is most important in the purchase phase of the shopping process." And 70 percent of respondents said they had used the "call button" in Google search results. Mobile search ads or business listings that lack phone numbers (or click to call buttons) will see busines [...]

Bing Updates iPhone App With New Homepage Menu, Improved Sharing & More

bing-logo-2013-200px Bing rolled out an update to its iPhone app late Tuesday night that features a new homepage menu, additional sharing options and improved syncing across platforms. Bing 4.1 for iPhone features a new homepage menu that's accessible from the bottom of the app display. It offers quicker access to Bing Maps Bing Image Search Bing Trends -- featuring the top seven trending searches each day Bing Weather The updated app also includes new sharing options for Facebook and Twitter, and the ability to save images -- whether from Bing Image Search or the daily Bing homepage image -- to yo [...]

Apple Takes Siri Out Of Beta reports Apple has quietly taken the beta label off of their voice search feature, Siri. If you look at the iOS 7 Siri, the page makes no mention of beta anymore. The old iOS 6 version had the beta label on it, but iOS 7 Siri has removed that label. Here is the iOS 7 Siri page: Here is the old iOS 6 Siri page: About two years ago, we reported on some controversial issues with Siri related to Siri not being able to find abortion clinics. Back then, Apple gave the New York Times a statement reading: “Our customers want to use Siri to find out all types of in [...]

Yelp Triples The Search Filters On Its iOS App

yelp-icon Yelp quietly made a pretty big expansion of its search capabilities on iOS within the past week. The company's latest iOS app update included a new photo viewer, increased visibility of bookmarked businesses, improvements to review highlights ... and about 15 new search filters that should make it easier for users to find the specific types of businesses they're looking for. Before the update, Yelp's iOS app had seven filters including things like Price, Delivery, Offering a Deal and Distance. The update added 15 new filters: Takes Reservations Accepts Credit Cards Outdoor Seating [...]

Foursquare Adds Menu Items To Search Capability

foursquare-icon Foursquare has added the ability to search for particular menu items. The underlying menu data come from partners Locu and SinglePlatform, now owned by GoDaddy and Constant Contact respectively. The company says that there are more than 500,000 places and 43 million menu items that can be searched in this way. And while specific menu item search is probably relatively rare, it's a nice feature. YP introduced menu search late last month. Yelp has restaurant menus that can be browsed but doesn't yet offer menu-item search. I suspect it will soon. Earlier this year Foursquare made it po [...]

What It Takes To Create A Winning Mobile SEO Strategy: 5 Questions With Humana’s Mobile Manager

5-Questions According to a study conducted by Pure Oxygen Labs earlier this year, Humana was one of only six top 100 Fortune 500 companies whose website met Google's mobile SEO requirements. In light of Google's focus on mobile, mobile SEO is something all companies should be considering - not just Fortune 500 organizations, and definitely more than six percent of the top 100 Fortune 500. It was only a few months ago when Google's head of Web spam Matt Cutts told an audience at the SMX West Conference, "You really need to be thinking about mobile. We’re starting to think a lot about mobile." Googl [...]

Google Tablet Interface Tests Card Styled Layout

Google-Mobile Google is reportedly testing a new tablet design and interface for their search results. Spotted first by Techno-Net, the new tablet design is going with that card style interface. So when you search, the results are laid out in boxes or cards of information. This goes along well with the tests Google deployed for mobile results, as well as the Google Now-like interface results. Google also has been playing with this card style interface for one box related results. Here is a video of it in action: Related Entries Google News Sources Grow 15% In 2012 & Continue To Climb With [...]

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