Google Brings "Search With My Location" to Safari on iPhone 3.0

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google yesterday announced 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.

    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
  2. macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2005
  3. macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2007
    Not working in Maryland yet

    getting a message "Location unavailable"
  4. macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2003
    it recognizes my correct location until i search then after the search it shows results from a different place
  5. macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2009
    Everybody but you
  6. macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2007
    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"
    "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!
  7. macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    I think this could be very helpful...will see how it goes.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2007
    Wales, UK
    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.
  9. macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2007
    Los Angeles
    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.) :)
  10. macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2007
    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 ;)
  11. macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2009
    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.
  12. macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2008
    Is not working correctly a the moment. It said that I'm in PA! That's like 4 hours away from where I am!!! :|
  13. macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2007
    Los Angeles
    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 :)
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Is not working correctly for YOU.

    works fine for me
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Well you obviously don't cos you don't have an iPhone ;)
  16. macrumors 601


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    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, (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?
  17. afd
    macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2005
    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.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2008
    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?
  19. macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    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?
  20. macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2008
    definately interesting

    how about just adding Proper PUSH notification for Gmail

    lets get that turned on then get back to the other interesting ideas!
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2009
    Yes they can, this is something that was added with 3.0.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2008
    Queens, NYC
    wow. great. fantastic. still waiting for gmail push. wake me when it happens.
  23. macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2007
  24. macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2009
  25. macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2009
    Its happy to hear that now you can know you the place you want to know on your iphone using google itself.

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