Google kills its free GOOG-411 service

Google kills its free GOOG-411 service

It’s been a great run, since 2007, but the time has come to say goodbye. According to the Google Blog, Google will be pulling its 1-800-GOOG-411 service offline as of November 12th.

In answer to the “why” question, Google talks about the voice search features (which have now been released for the iPhone as well as Android platforms) and offers the following:

Our success encouraged us to aim for more innovation. Thus, we’re putting all of our resources into speech-enabling the next generation of Google products and services across a multitude of languages.

It looks as if the text-based service will still live on, however. Sending a text message to Google at 466453 will enable you to pull limited information such as weather or phone numbers.

Of course the real push is to get you to download the Google Voice Search application, and Google conveniently provides a link at the end of the post.

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