We already suspected Google might enter the 411 arena, when they were granted a voice recognition patent last year. With Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Tellme, it seemed even more likely that Google would one day launch a mobile voice search service.
That day is now here, with Google launching Google Voice Local Search.
As part of our ongoing effort to make the world’s information universally accessible, weâ€™re testing a free service called Google Voice Local Search. Using this service, you get fast access to the same local information youâ€™d find on Google Maps. But you donâ€™t need a computer, you donâ€™t need an Internet connection, and you donâ€™t even need to use your cell-phone keypad. Itâ€™s voice-activated, and you can access it from any phone (mobile or landline), in any location, at any time.