Holiday stress? Google Mobile to the rescue!

Thursday, December 20, 2007 | 9:00 AM



The holiday season can be a stressful time in the U.S., but it should be enjoyable. Whether you need flight updates, store locations, or price comparisons, let Google Mobile offer you some peace of mind.

At the airport...

  • Search for flight info: You're heading to the airport to pick up your relatives from New Jersey and want to check the status of their flight. Just go to www.google.com on your cell phone and search for the flight number to get departure and arrival times.
  • Find a popular restaurant: Once at the airport, you suddenly realize you forgot to make dinner reservations! Crisis? Not at all. Find them the best lasagna money can buy -- just go to www.google.com on your cell phone, search for "Italian restaurants", and see ratings and reviews of local favorites.
Shopping...
  • Keep track of to-do lists: Keep your family's wish lists, grocery lists, and all your other "To-Dos" in Google Notebook and access them while you're out and about. Easily update them online on your computer, then visit google.com/notebook/m on your cell phone when you're on the go.
  • Compare prices: Before heading to the cash register, compare in-store prices to online retailers' prices by texting product names, ISBN or UPC numbers ("price mp3 player," "price 1591841410") to GOOGLE (466453). We'll send the results back to your cell phone in a snap, so you'll always know where to get the best deal.
On the way to the holiday party...
  • Get directions: Try the "My Location" feature on the newest version of Google Maps for Mobile to find out where you are. Then, enter the destination address and get directions to the party. You can even turn on the traffic overlay to find out which highways to avoid. Just go to google.com/gmm on your cell phone to download the application.
  • Find a last-minute gift: The moment you find your way, you realize you forgot to pick up a gift for the hosts! Avoid a social faux pas. Dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-4664-411) and say "florist" to find a flower shop on your way. GOOG-411 can even connect you directly. If you have an iPhone, say "map it" and we'll send you a link to a map showing the florist's location.
Discover some other ways Google Mobile can help you reduce stress this season.

Happy holidays from the entire Google mobile team!

8 comments:

Rob said...

So here I am with my spiffy new Verizon LG Voyager. Nice display, qwerty keyboard, touch screen. I have two indispensable application: Navigator (GPS) and ESPN. But I NEED Gmail. What is Google's roadmap for getting application on to BREW? I know that Verizon is more restrictive than other carriers, but surely you can get me something. Soon, I hope.

Jason said...

Just wanted to leave a quick note that Google Maps on my BlackBerry came in quite handy today trying to locate a store that had a particular gift I was trying to find in stock. Google Maps made this a breeze and easily got directions to the store right on my phone. Keep up the good work!

Thanks!
Jason

Chad said...

Too bad Google Notebook does not work in Safari.

9gel said...

@Rob : I believe you can still launch the browser in your Voyager and go to www.google.com/m . There you can use the mobile web version of Gmail. It's not an app and so none of the nice UI features, but still usable.

World Moving & Storage said...

how do you get business listing on GOOG-411 mobile?
http://www.movingcompanies.co.il
moving companies.

reichersr said...

I tried your "price to...UPC" application. This is quite useful. Instead of a text message, can Google reply with an MMS message so user's can also get images or a text message with more characters? Just a suggestion.

Will Gillen said...

I like the "My Location" in the new Google Maps mobile edition. But for some reason when I'm on AT&T's 3G network (their fastest speed) the "My Location" never works; but when I'm on the AT&T "Edge" network (their slowest speed), the "My Location" always works. Why doesn't the feature work on the 3G network??

Mathew Paret said...

I'd love to have Google Mobile / SMS in INDIA