Google seems to outdo itself every time there's a new Doodle on its homepage, and now mobile users will get a taste of the action as well. Google has released mobile Doodles on special occasions in the past (Summer Olympics, anyone?), but now the custom art will be available for Android and iPhone users on the go on a more regular basis or anytime you see a new version on Google's web homepage.
The next time you drop in to a new city or just wander into a new part of town you're not familiar with, Google wants to make it easier to find your way. Even if you don't have Google Maps installed on your Android or iPhone handsets, you can find the nearest ATM, coffee shop, bar, or restaurant with a single web page.
By pointing your mobile web browser to Google.com and allowing Google to access your location, you can then tap into Near Me Now, Google's latest lab for mobile. I tested it last night while hunting for a place to grab a late-night bite with some friends and can tell you that it's easy to use and gave me lots of results even though it showed a message saying that my GPS signal was too weak (in gray writing under the "Explore right here" field). Near Me Now even lets you save locations as favorites to remember later.
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- Tomorrow's Martha Stewart show will be entirely dedicated to talking about Twitter and live-blogging — Switched
- Sony's PSP Go hits store shelves today for $250 — Engadget
- It's giveaway and game time on GeekSugar! Be sure to log in and play our Best Video Game Ever bracket! — GeekSugar
- "Popular" iTunes songs are rumored to be going up in price from the current $0.99 price tag to $1.29 on April 7. — CrunchGear
- This morning Apple announced that the Google Mobile app with voice search is now available for the BlackBerry. — The Boy Genius Report
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I couldn't resist sharing this fabulous and helpful Google tip with you.
If you want to know the weather wherever you are, or wherever you are going, just text the message 'weather' and the ZIP code of the city to Google at 46645 (that's 'Google' without the 'e'). Your answer will be sent to you within seconds. I literally only waited one or two seconds before the weather forecast was sent to me. Not only did Google provide me with the weather for today but for the next four days- love it!
Go to Google mobile to check out other fun mobile services. Now this is what I call, information right at your fingertips!