BlackBerry Google Maps Upgrade Brings Search by Voice, Buzz
The Google Maps mobile app for BlackBerry has just gotten a major upgrade with the introduction of Google Maps 4.0, ratcheting the BlackBerry app up to the level of Google Maps' iPhone and Android offering. One of the major additions to the app is the search by voice feature, which, as Google explains, should "save your overworked thumbs." Instead of tapping away in search of a location, BlackBerry users can now simply hold down the green "call" button and speak into the receiver. The aural search claims to accommodate various English accents, as well as Mandarin Chinese.
Also featured in 4.0 is Google Buzz for mobile, which allows users to share pictures and reviews, and to scope out what's going on within range of a given location. As long as you have Web history enabled on your Google account, you can also take advantage of the app's personalized search suggestions based on all your previous searches. Once you're signed in to your Google account, the app will automatically synchronize all the starred locations saved on your computer with your BlackBerry, as well. BlackBerry hiking enthusiasts can now take advantage of Google Labs' Terrain layer, while BlackBerry convenience enthusiasts can scan through nearby businesses by simply selecting any random point on the map. To install the upgrade, open your BlackBerry's Internet browser, and go to m.google.com/maps. [From: GoogleMobile, via: Mashable and MobileBurn]