Verizon Wireless Links 411 to VZ Navigator, Adds Voice Search
Today Verizon Wireless announced some upgrades to its 411 directory and VZ Navigator services. Customers who perform 411 searches to find a phone number or address now have the option to send themselves a link for that location. The customer then accesses the link in VZ Navigator and can view the location on a map or get directions. Verizon has also added speech recognition to VZ Navigator. Users can choose to speak their navigation requests rather than type them. Verizon the sends the voice request to its servers, where it is analyzed and then returns the directions to the phone. The voice recognition feature works with mapping, navigation, local search and any other destination where data entry would be required. VZ Navigator requires a monthly subscription of $10, and 411 Directory Assistance costs $1.50 per call.
Verizon Wants You To Rattle Along with Its New Hum Devices
Verizon today announced a revamp of its Hum line of connected car devices. Moving forward, consumers can choose one of three new options to keep their car in touch with Verizon's network.
Verizon to Test AppFlash Search Tool On Some Android Phones
Verizon Wireless is prepared to roll out a new search tool on select Android handsets over the next few weeks. The tool, called Appflash, was developed by Evie.
Latest Windows 10 Preview Targets Browser and Maps
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Kyocera Flips Out Over LTE-Only Cadence Feature Phone for Verizon
Kyocera this week announced the Cadence, a flip phone for Verizon Wireless that supports LTE but not CDMA. In addition to LTE, the Cadence sports WiFi with voice over WiFi and HD Voice for clearer phone calls.
Google Search App Understands More Natural-Language Questions
Google today said its mobile search app is better able to grasp the meaning of requests thanks to new language-recognition techniques. Google is now breaking down queries into smaller pieces to understand the semantics behind individual phrases so it can assess the intent behind the larger question.
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But since you can search for numbers and addresses in VZnavigator anyway, why are customers still using 411? We use the ability to NOT use 411 as a selling point for VZnav because you can find almost anythin...