Mobile Future

Apprising…

I recently had the opportunity to speak to some Communication Directors on the Hill about the mobile-social revolution and how they can augment their traditional communication efforts with the mobile media channel.  In preparing for this educational forum, I found the amount of new applications for wireless to be accelerating as compared to last year.  As we head west for the CTIA show, I look forward to reporting on the hottest new applications as well as the expected launch of BlackBerry App World – BlackBerry’s response to the iPhone app store and the Android marketplace for G1 users.

In any case, two apps that had some buzz last week that I thought you would find of interest – 

Google Voice Search & My Location

Google announced last week support for "Voice Search" and "My Location" for BlackBerry.  It is a nice application that allows you to "voice search" and find what you are looking for based on your current location.  For instance, if I’m in Woodley Park in DC and say "Open City Diner"- it provides all the information for it – even if you don’t have the exact address.  Yummy!

Charmin Restroom Finder

How many times have you been somewhere and needed to know where the nearest restroom was located?  Well, Charmin has come to the rescue.

Last week the company got some ink for being behind this application for the iPhone and BlackBerry.  Aside from providing the location of the restroom, it was also give you some idea as to the cleanliness of the facilities.  Cult of Mac reports that – "Sit or Squat has compiled information on more than 52,000 toilets in 10 countries worldwide."  

Stay tuned for reports from Vegas and I imagine I’ll be using both of these apps very soon!