OK, this is just awesome. Google, who seems to have the midas touch when it comes to cool internet tools, has launched their latest service – Google SMS. Here’s how it works:
1. Enter your query as a text message.
2. Send the message to the US shortcode 46645 (GOOGL on most phones).
3. Receive a text message (or messages) with your results, usually within a minute. Results may be labeled as “1of3”, “2of3”, etc.
You can get business listings results from Google Local, residential listings from the Google Phonebook, prices from Froogle, definitions from Google, or search excerpts from a regular Google search. See their How to Use page for more usage instructions and examples.
I tried this out, and the results were great. It’s much faster than going to Google in IE on my Smartphone (over GPRS, anyway), and if the result contains a phone number, the Inbox application recognizes it as such, and makes it a clickable hyperlink. One click dialing. I love it! A Pocket PC Phone Edition should do the same thing.
I can’t wait to show my wife how to use this on her phone. It will come in so handy when looking for a phone number or address!
Update: They’ve got a Google Groups 2 Beta discussion group for the new service here, and you can subscribe to an Atom feed of the group here, if you want to keep up with what’s happening, report bugs, or request improvements.