Yahoo announced its latest iteration of its Yahoo OneSearch product today at CTIA.
Marco Boerrie, the company’s executive VP of “connected life,” says Yahoo OneSearch 2.0 will deliver “instant answers to any query, not just Web links.”
A search for “New York” could yield subway schedules, for example, or a search for local sushi restaurants could bring up available reservations, explains C/Net.
OneSearch also includes a download called Search Assist, which encompasses recommended search results, predictive typing technology to speed up the amount of time it takes to enter a query–a key feature for small mobile keypads. Currently, this is only available for Apple’s iPhone.
In the second quarter of 2008, Yahoo plans to update OneSearch with something that it calls an “idle screen search service,” so that it can access the mobile Web and the search technology without needing to to open their cell phones’ Web browsers.
Also central to OneSearch is voice-enabled technology.
“Consumers can search for anything, including flight numbers, locations, Web site names, local restaurants, and more, by simply speaking,” a release from Yahoo detailed.
The voice-activation software is now available for download on a number of RIM’s BlackBerry devices, and Yahoo has said that over the next few months it will be compatible with more handsets.
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