Google introduced Search with My Location, a new way to make searching for nearby businesses on your Windows Mobile phone faster and easier. Previously, when you went to google.com from your phone’s browser and performed a local search, the results were tailored to the last location you entered. Now, using the Gears Geolocation API, Search with My Location approximates your actual location using the same Cell ID technology used by Google maps for mobile. So if you want to find sushi nearby, just type “sushi” and Google will return local business listings around you. If you want to know the forecast, type “weather”. If you want to search somewhere else, specify a location in the query like “pizza Kansas City”.
Search with My Location is designed, so that it doesn’t associate your location with any personally identifiable information, even if you are logged in. Your location wouldn’t be send until you explicitly opt in, and you can always opt-out from the Gears Settings under the Tools menu.
Initially, Search with My Location will be available in the US and UK. Note that some devices don’t yet support My Location. For this reason, check out help center article for supportred devices listing. To get started, visit google.com from your phone and click on the My Location link under the search box (you may have to refresh the page to see the link).
Watch this video to see how Search with My Location can help save your thumbs!