I often wonder this, seeing as how Google is taking over the world. Seriously though, there's been a lot of buzz around the release of Google's newest iPhone app. It did finally release yesterday, and so far I'm impressed!
This is one seriously intuitive app. It can't read your mind (yet), but it is just about that simple. Here's how it goes; First, just download it (FREE) from the App Store. You see the blue 'g' icon just above my email? That's the one... Touch it!
Now you see the really lengthy, difficult instructions, right?
Yep, that's right, just bring the phone to your ear. Somehow it knows you're ready and gives you a little beep to let you know it's OK to speak to it. I've tried several different phrases and, so far, I haven't been able to stump it; you just have to be sure and speak clearly. Here I spoke 'who is Ryan Hukill?' Here's what happened next:
Yeah, big surprise that my AR blog would be ranked at the top huh? OK, so this is where I have to laugh a little bit. You see, I just recently read a blog post from a 'Technology Educator' who trashed the iPhone for what he saw as several shortcomings - one of them being that you 'Cannot use one hand.' He went on to say 'The iPhone requires you to use two hands in most instances which can take more time to arrive at the same task.' It's quite clear to me that this educator is speaking out of turn about something he hasn't even tried, but I digress.
I tried some other terms like 'phone number at Chilis on Broadway in Edmond, OK' Yep, you guessed it; it gave me the phone listing for the Chilis on Broadway. How many different ways could you use this app while driving down the road, not having to use but one finger and your voice?!
I also found a great review of this app by Matt Cutts, where he goes a little more in-depth on the apps abilities, so you might want to check this out too if you're not quite sold.