Sprint and Microsoft launch voice and GPS-enabled mobile search

Sprint and Microsoft launch voice and GPS-enabled mobile search
Sprint and Microsoft launch voice and GPS-enabled mobile search
As part of the strategic alliance between Sprint and Microsoft Corp., today the two companies are providing Sprint customers with the industry's first fully integrated GPS location-aware mobile search service with entire Internet search on Sprint phones. A voice-activated search functionality will be also available for select phones.

Sprint customers can now use Sprint's built-in GPS capabilities to automatically find local businesses and listings nearby quickly and easily without needing to manually enter location information. The new GPS-enabled search allows customers to give permission to let their phone automatically identify their location to return nearby business search results such as a gas station or a restaurant.

Additionally, Sprint is the first mobile operator in the U.S. to launch GPS-enabled voice search capabilities, which are powered by Live Search for mobile. Customers can simply say the business listing and then see the search results on the screen. This feature uses voice user interface design from Microsoft's recent acquisition Tellme.

"With Live Search on Sprint devices, Sprint customers now carry with them a GPS-enabled search tool providing open Internet search, local listing search and mobile content search, all in one easy service," said Kevin Packingham, vice president of product management for Sprint.

The enhanced Sprint mobile search experience powered by Live Search is immediately available at no additional cost to Sprint data subscribers on most data-enabled Sprint phones. On select Sprint phones, voice search will be available to customers as a free download. Standard data charges apply.

Tuesday, September 18th 2007

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