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MacRumors
Jul 16, 2009, 10:28 AM
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Google yesterday announced (http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2009/07/search-with-my-location-for-iphone-30.html) that it has added the ability for iPhone users to utilize the device's built-in GPS to set their location as part of the customization of the Google homepage. Setting their location allows users to receive search results specifically tailored for their location.

As of today, when you visit www.google.com from Safari on your iPhone 3.0, you can choose to turn on My Location by tapping on the link on the homepage. When you tap on the "update" link, your location will be updated and displayed right there on the homepage. Whenever you want to refresh your location, just tap the "update" link. Testing this in New York, my search for "jazz clubs" returned a handful of places within walking distance. I picked one, tapped the phone number, made a reservation, and we were set for the night.

Search with My Location is available in English for the US and UK at the moment, with additional countries and languages planned for deployment in the near future.

Article Link: Google Brings "Search With My Location" to Safari on iPhone 3.0 (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/07/16/google-brings-search-with-my-location-to-safari-on-iphone-3-0/)



mygoldens
Jul 16, 2009, 10:43 AM
Who cares?

:confused:

jonathanbruck
Jul 16, 2009, 10:48 AM
getting a message "Location unavailable"

Digipimp
Jul 16, 2009, 10:52 AM
it recognizes my correct location until i search then after the search it shows results from a different place

nehunte
Jul 16, 2009, 10:52 AM
Who cares?

:confused:

Everybody but you

patrickvanzandt
Jul 16, 2009, 10:53 AM
Who cares?

:confused:

I do.

Although the Google Maps app is nice, for quick phone book searches I often times Google my query in Safari on iPhone. This means typing something like
"Starbucks Cambridge, MA"
or
"Pizza Lexington, MA"

If I can instead just type the "Starbucks" or "Pizza" and let it pick up my location automatically, I think this is great!

BPresley321
Jul 16, 2009, 10:55 AM
I think this could be very helpful...will see how it goes.

notsofatjames
Jul 16, 2009, 11:06 AM
i dont see how this benefits us...

The example above says "search for Pizza" and google knows your location, but isn't that the same as searching on google maps, and then you get a much better idea of where things are, you can still view the company's website, and other details.

I cant see any reason to search with a location as specific as is collected.

soundsgoodtome
Jul 16, 2009, 11:09 AM
I do.

Although the Google Maps app is nice, for quick phone book searches I often times Google my query in Safari on iPhone. This means typing something like
"Starbucks Cambridge, MA"
or
"Pizza Lexington, MA"

If I can instead just type the "Starbucks" or "Pizza" and let it pick up my location automatically, I think this is great!

If that's how you do it, you clearly don't know how the Maps app works. :)

Instructions: Open Maps, tap the Location button (if the app isn't already centered on your location), type "Starbucks," and hit enter. (No need to ever type your city and state.)

So, if you know how to properly do that, then just like mygoldens, you don't really care about this update to google's web site -- unless you prefer seeing your search results as a text, instead of on a map. (Then again, you can do that in Maps, too.) :)

Michael73
Jul 16, 2009, 11:20 AM
If that's how you do it, you clearly don't know how the Maps app works. :)

Instructions: Open Maps, tap the Location button (if the app isn't already centered on your location), type "Starbucks," and hit enter.

So, if you know how to properly do that, then just like mygoldens, you don't really care about this update to google's web site -- unless you prefer seeing your search results as a text, instead of on a map. (Then again, you can do that in Maps, too.) :)

Or, go the app store and get CoffeeFinder (free app) which uses your location and it'll find the starbucks for you. So many ways to find a caffeine fix ;)

nehunte
Jul 16, 2009, 11:21 AM
If that's how you do it, you clearly don't know how the Maps app works. :)

Instructions: Open Maps, tap the Location button (if the app isn't already centered on your location), type "Starbucks," and hit enter.

So, if you know how to properly do that, then just like mygoldens, you don't really care about this update to google's web site -- unless you prefer seeing your search results as a text, instead of on a map. (Then again, you can do that in Maps, too.) :)

Yes, you can do that in google maps, but google maps doesn't have everything. Sometimes you have to refer to google in safari to find things you are looking for.

leandromp
Jul 16, 2009, 11:38 AM
Is not working correctly a the moment. It said that I'm in PA! That's like 4 hours away from where I am!!! :|

soundsgoodtome
Jul 16, 2009, 11:40 AM
Or, go the app store and get CoffeeFinder (free app) which uses your location and it'll find the starbucks for you. So many ways to find a caffeine fix ;)

I'm sure you know this, but "Starbucks" was just an example. We could also have used "pizza" or "sushi" or whatever. The point was that on the iPhone it's easier to find goods or services in Maps than on google.com. :)

optophobia
Jul 16, 2009, 11:42 AM
Is not working correctly a the moment. It said that I'm in PA! That's like 4 hours away from where I am!!! :|

Is not working correctly for YOU.

works fine for me

optophobia
Jul 16, 2009, 11:42 AM
Who cares?

:confused:

Well you obviously don't cos you don't have an iPhone ;)

macduke
Jul 16, 2009, 01:11 PM
Who cares?

:confused:

Why are you in the iPhone forum posting about how nobody cares about a new feature that Google added specifically for iPhone when you don't even own an iPhone (according to your sig)?

Moving on, i.wund.com (Weather Underground) added location services to their app right after 3.0 dropped. It's nice to have it bring up the weather for my current location without having to type it in. Whatever eliminates extra steps to get me through my day is fine by me. I'm busy enough as it is.

Isn't Snow Leopard supposed to have location services? I thought I read somewhere that this will also tie into Safari using wifi to locate you. Weren't there also rumors that future Apple computers would have GPS chips in them?

afd
Jul 16, 2009, 01:34 PM
Just used Google to find a blacksmith as we want some garden gates made up. It gave me a list of local blacksmiths and their phone numbers, doing the same in Maps would have resulted in the same results but I would have to click on the pins to get the numbers. Much easer using Safari if you don't want to go there yourself, and only want to call a local one, which is what the feature was added for I suppose.

swrdfghtr
Jul 16, 2009, 02:04 PM
How is Google doing this? Is there some HTML/JavaScript that iPhone Safari exposes that Google is tapping into? Can other Web pages utilize Location?

iphones4evry1
Jul 16, 2009, 02:29 PM
Neat idea, but I hope it's easy to turn on and off. I might be in one city but wanting to search for something in another city. Or maybe, I just want general info and don't want it tied to any specific city. I could be in New York and wanting to Google for Apple's corporate office or customer service phone number, but all Google will show is the New York Apple stores. So, I hope it's easy to turn on and off. As I've stated before, I think the GPS location services on/off should be a physical switch, like the vibrate switch.

Does the Google App also use the GPS now?

Stargaze
Jul 16, 2009, 03:47 PM
definately interesting

how about just adding Proper PUSH notification for Gmail

lets get that turned on then get back to the other interesting ideas!

vertigo235
Jul 16, 2009, 04:27 PM
How is Google doing this? Is there some HTML/JavaScript that iPhone Safari exposes that Google is tapping into? Can other Web pages utilize Location?

Yes they can, this is something that was added with 3.0.

room237
Jul 16, 2009, 06:34 PM
wow. great. fantastic. still waiting for gmail push. wake me when it happens.

Flipstar
Jul 16, 2009, 08:28 PM
Google Latitude is next.... please.

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paul100
Jul 17, 2009, 02:26 AM
Its happy to hear that now you can know you the place you want to know on your iphone using google itself.

macFanDave
Jul 17, 2009, 10:00 AM
Pathetic if you live in a big city!

The iPhone "knows" where you are within a few blocks (to within a few feet).

Every other search technique on the iPhone makes full use of the Location Services to be useful. It's puzzling that Google would release such a backwards program.

Unless it's part of their plan to make iPhones and Apple look bad to promote Android and Chrome OS. Google's motives are becoming unclear.

hNicolas
Jul 17, 2009, 10:05 AM
I just tried it and it works in Ottawa Canada. You have to go to google .com, not .ca.

NinjaHERO
Jul 17, 2009, 10:31 AM
Is not working correctly a the moment. It said that I'm in PA! That's like 4 hours away from where I am!!! :|

Make sure you are not connected to your wireless. That might be where your internet routes thru. My internet connection always thinks I am somewhere I am not. Almost ninja like. :D

ajnicho
Jul 17, 2009, 10:54 AM
Using this with the google app to just say the thing you're searching for is great.

kas23
Jul 17, 2009, 11:52 AM
i dont see how this benefits us...

The example above says "search for Pizza" and google knows your location, but isn't that the same as searching on google maps, and then you get a much better idea of where things are, you can still view the company's website, and other details.

I cant see any reason to search with a location as specific as is collected.

What if you are searching for something local that wouldn't be displayed on a map, like a wiki article or local news/weather?

C'mon, this is a good thing. Now where's Latitude and gmail push?

labman
Jul 17, 2009, 01:58 PM
I tried it both wifi and 3g on pizza worked perfect! I then asked it for my favorite pizza place and pulled the web site right up.

mattfr
Jul 19, 2009, 03:06 AM
Just tried it in Google Local, "update my location" showing right up in Safari.
Works perfectly even outside the US/UK, even detecting mid sized cities here in France. I could only try that on google.com in english though.

Cheers,

Shasterball
Jul 26, 2009, 05:30 AM
Tried it. Works pretty well. But google usually found results in my home area before. I guess now it updates depending on where you are. Cool, but not mind blowing.