Not one to be outdone by Yahoo! OneSearch, it turns out the Windows Live Search application for BlackBerry is also packing voice recognition, letting you pull up mobile searches just by speaking into your mobile. I’ve been making progress with vlingo lately, which features Google and Yahoo! searches built in as well, but one of our readers went so far to say “it has replaced half of my applications overnight, literally.” Tall words, but Live Search does feature GPS maps and navigation, movie showtimes, traffic, weather, and a bunch of other handy features. One-stop shops for BlackBerry software are becoming hot commodities, and voice recognition is the soupe du jour. Head on over to m.live.com to give Windows Live Search for BlackBerry a shot, or go to Live Search Mobile for more info.
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If you find yourself doing a lot of last-minute driving, Proxpro is running a closed beta of its travel app Prompt which determines where your next calendared appointment is, determines the fastest route based on congestion and your current location, ballparks when you should leave and gives an estimated travel time. The only downside right now is that it’s U.S. only, but it still sounds like a pretty handy app, and it’s hard to argue with free. Thanks Josep!
If BlackBerry Maps isn’t cutting it for your GPS-enabled BB, there’s some new navigation software from GPS giant Garmin available for a cool $99.99. You get the whole nine yards on this deal, including turn-by-turn instructions, points of interest, and traffic information. Generally these things have a monthly charge and deployed through a carrier, but a one-time, unlimited-usage model certainly has its charm. They’ve also got a pricier product available if you’re packing a BlackBerry sans GPS.
The Weather Network and French-speakering counterpart MétéoMédia have released WeatherEye Mobile and TrafficEye mobile, which do pretty much what you’d expect. WeatherEye offer current conditions as well as short-term and long-term forecast for cities in Canada and other locations. TrafficEye is currently only available for the Toronto area, but the two companies plan to expand the traffic maps, traffic camera images, and other features to more cities in Canada. Both apps are ad-supported and free, and available in English and French versions, so check ‘em out.
TrafficGauge has announced that they now support the BlackBerry Pearl, Curve, and 8800 for their eponymous traffic monitoring software. The app monitors freeway traffic, color-coding it for light, medium, and heavy traffic. It’s only available for select cities in the US, so if you live elsewhere you’ll have to use one of the other options.
After cruising BlackBerry Cool to Go today, we noticed that the US traffic alerts that were added not too long ago have been expanded to include the United Kingdom thanks to BBC and Highway.gov.uk. This update includes trains, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and 6 channels for London alone. If you can find any reliable RSS feeds for traffic in your neck of the woods, drop a link here, and we’re sure the Viigo dudes will take a look.