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Google Says Curt Goodbye to SMS Search

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What a shame


May 13, 2013, 7:21 AM
This was the single greatest tool ever produced by Google. It was available before most browsers were capable of displaying web content. It was, until the moment they shut it down, faster than any web browser for finding information.
It was available to anyone with a cell phone and text plan.

I am sad and disappointed that this incredible feature is gone.

May 13, 2013, 9:19 AM
It seems like Google and other companies are trying to force adoption of data enabled smart phones. Java based mobile apps for feature phones are being phased out also. SMS based queries are not as useful for data-mining.

May 13, 2013, 11:14 AM
Data plans and smartphones are where the money's at. The carriers sell data plans that cost more, the software developers sell apps and other mobile content (TV/movie/music subscriptions, etc.), and where they're making extra money, the hardware manufacturers will make more money by charging more for the phones and getting it.
T Bone

May 13, 2013, 4:01 PM
It would be more accurate to say that the decline in popularity of feature phones is causing many developers to leave the market for the far more lucrative smartphone development business.

May 14, 2013, 9:32 AM
It's not like it's something they really advertised. I'd hazard to guess that most of the people who knew about it and used it have already switched to a smartphone.

May 14, 2013, 12:06 PM
Even on a smartphone... keep the number in your contact list, it's faster to send a text than it is to open a browser, go to a page, and enter a search.
T Bone

May 14, 2013, 12:15 PM
I didn't even know this service existed....I generally use the mobile search app....but the voice recognition isn't great

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