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Google Maps Gets More Useful on BlackBerry

Google Adds Search by Voice, Buzz, Starring, Labs

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Google introduced a new version of Google Maps for BlackBerry devices today. There are quite a few significant features that come along with it.

Search by Voice, one of the most convenient features of searching from mobile devices in general, is included with this version. "Simply press and hold the green ‘call’ button, speak your search, and see your results quickly appear without typing a single letter," explains Ole CaveLie, Software Engineer on the Google Mobile Team. "Try it now for any search, like the name of my favorite hometown pizza place, ‘Punch Pizza in Minneapolis.’ You can also search by voice for addresses like ’802 Washington Avenue Southeast’ or search for other another pizza place to try by speaking, ‘pizza restaurants.’ Currently supported languages include multiple English accents and Mandarin Chinese."

Google has added Buzz for mobile, which lets users use the Google Buzz layer to see what’s going on around them, or to post tot he layer themselves. You can use this to share pictures, news, etc.

Google Maps for BlackBerry - Version 4.0

Google also syncs your personalized search suggestions and starred places with the new Blackberry version of Google Maps.

Other new features include:

- Use Labs to try experimental features like the Scale Bar or Terrain layer (great for hiking enthusiasts!).

- See nearby businesses at an address or location by selecting a point from the map.
 
- Report a problem with the map data or a business listing.

Users can install this version of Google Maps for BlackBerry by going to m.google.com/maps.

Google Maps Gets More Useful on BlackBerry
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