Google SMS Launches

Free suite of mobile applications in Africa

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Google’s Android represented a big step in the mobile market; it’s meant to run on the newest devices and keep up with the best competing operating systems.  Yet $400 smartphones aren’t really all that affordable, and so for people in Africa, Google SMS has been introduced.

A post on the Official Google Blog points out that more Africans own phones than computers, and that Africa boasts the world’s highest mobile growth rate, too.  Google SMS should prove much more useful than any sort of optimized website, then.  And here’s an important note: it’s free.

As for what Google SMS is, the post explains that it’s "a suite of mobile applications which will allow people to access information, via SMS, on a diverse number of topics including health and agriculture tips, news, local weather, sports, and more." 

Google SMS

Also, "The suite . . . includes Google Trader, a SMS-based ‘marketplace’ application that helps buyers and sellers find each other.  People can find, ‘sell’ or ‘buy’ any type of product or service, from used cars and mobile phones to crops, livestock and jobs."  And something called Google SMS Tips should use search technology to offer responses to text queries.

Google SMS is only available through the telecommunications company MTN Uganda right now, but the suite’s likely to spread before long.

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  • Chuck24

    Great news.
    Google did a great job with this.
    This service will help a lot of people.
    Another service that can help is text2land.com service that allow you to send sms messages to landline phones with text to speech technology.

  • http://www.chron.com Guest

    I have some Google SMS messages coming to my phone, but also get some from the Houston Chronicle newspaper where I live. It’s a great way to keep up with the Astros!

  • I’m not short!

    I’m getting free apps from www.getjar.com now for my Android device. Are the Android shop developers the same as on GetJar?

  • http://www.webvideos.co.uk video production london

    Its all about how Nokia can work with Symbian Developers to ensure that their apps are showcased in the Ovi store the right way.

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