Yahoo OneSearch coming to T-Mobile phones?

By on November 20, 2008 at 2:15 PM.

Yahoo OneSearch coming to T-Mobile phones?

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According to InfoWorld, Marco Boerries, executive vice president and head of Yahoo’s Connected Life Division, let it slip that T-Mobile and Yahoo will be announcing a partnership to put the Yahoo OneSearch button on T-Mobile phones. If this rumor pans out, this is good news for Yahoo whose financial struggles are, well, numerous. Yahoo OneSearch may be Yahoo’s ray of hope as OneSearch is doing rather well in the mobile search market. AT&T also inked a deal with Yahoo back in September to bring OneSearch to AT&T handsets. Yahoo has an exclusive deal with O2 in the UK and has lured T-Mobile’s Northern and Central Europe division into adopting OneSearch instead of Google Search, gaining a 30% market share in the UK and a 25% market share in Europe. Yahoo will concentrate on mobile advertising in 2009, making it easier for advertisers to deliver compelling ads to mobile phones. What does this mean for the Google-centric G1? Right now the answer to that question is unknown but we highly doubt we will see a OneSearch button on a G1 anytime soon. Nonetheless, T-Mobile is not putting all its search eggs in the Google basket and is branching out to Yahoo which is good news for Yahoo and T-Mobile alike.

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Google introduces new voice search application for the iPhone

By on November 18, 2008 at 2:51 PM.

Google introduces new voice search application for the iPhone

Google announced on Tuesday a new iPhone application that allows you to make location based searches just by speaking a question into your iPhone. Your spoken question, “Where is the nearest Best Buy?” for example, is sent to Google’s server as a digital file and processed by Google’s server side voice recognition software. The converted query is then forwarded to Google’s search engine and the results are sent back to the handset, supposedly within seconds. Excellent! This is not a new concept as Microsoft already has its TellMe service, Yahoo has OneSearch and Nuance is in the process of developing its own Open Voice Search. What is interesting is Google’s choice of the iPhone and not Android for its launch platform which combines the iPhone, currently still the best selling handset in the US, with the world’s most popular search engine. Talk about bringing voice search to a large audience. The Google Mobile App with the new voice search is available now from the App store. Just to warn you, the voice search only supports U.S. English and only works with the iPhone. Sorry iPod Touch users, you need a microphone for this to work! If any of you iPhone owners out there test out the new Google voice search, give us a shout in the comments and let us know how it works for you. Hit the jump for a Google Video explaining the service.

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