Google Local for mobile launched

Nov 07 2005 - 01:09 PM ET | Data

google-maps-mobile.gifGoogle expanded its mobile offerings today by the introduction of a Java application that accesses Google's local search and mapping service. Prior to today the same information could be accessed via WAP, but the user experience was poor at best. The Java application does a good job at duplicating the feel of Google Maps, but on a mobile device. Functionality includes general mapping, local search (overlayed on a map), satellite photos and point to point directions.

The application is free though data charges still apply. Not all phones are supported, such as devices from Verizon Wireless (no BREW support). Google noted that device compatibility is going to grow.

[via Google Rumors]