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Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 at 1:15 pm

Google Feeling “Double-Lucky” on Mobile

By Robert Gorell
August 1st, 2007

Feelin' double-lucky?Forget behavioral targeting*, Google wants to predict what you want based on where you are — geographically, not virtually — and when you’re there.

How will they do that? By transforming the mobile experience, of course.

Yesterday, we discussed how Google’s WiMax deal with Sprint makes sense. Today, the mobile revolution seems imminent. Google’s feeling double-lucky . . .

Stephen Arnold, a Kentucky-based analyst who has been tracking Google with trainspotting accuracy for a number of years, has found 17 telephony-related patents and patent applications by Google and another dozen with a tangential link, says an article in Red Herring. Even if Google does not plan to commercialize all those bells and whistles, it still means that “Eleven to 12 percent of Google’s innovation effort since 1999 is in telco,” says the analyst.

What’s next on the agenda? The analyst believes Google is working on a new kind of “doubly lucky” predictive search for mobile devices. This will take users directly to search results, incorporating location and time of day into the findings, and will even use a form of predictive typing to guess at what the user wants to find–not unlike predictive word programs like T9 that are used in SMS. All of this will be in aid of reducing the time it takes to engage with the Internet on a mobile, he says in an interview with Red Herring.

Might they be triple-lucky? Today’s New York Times reports that the FCC has agreed to play nice during its upcoming spectrum auction.

If you haven’t realized, Google’s taking search to the next level. Contextual, temporal, and geographical relevance is the name of the game.

Whatever happens with the upcoming spectrum bid, Google’s mobile ambitions are on solid ground. The only question is: Do you feel lucky?

Well… Do ya?

[*UPDATE: ClickZ reports of two "highly observant search bloggers" who've noticed what appears to be behavioral targeting from Google.]

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  1. [...] La vía de la utilidad. Los móviles permiten una cierta localización geográfica basada en los códigos de las antenas. Podrían mostrar información comercial relevante al lugar en el que estás. Principalmente los establecimientos de hostelería, entretenimiento, hoteles, etc. estarían ineresados en obtener una buena posición en esa guía, muy al estilo de las páginas amarillas (los anunciantes de pago obtienen más espacio: tienen más información sobre los servicios, precios y demás). La gente de 11870.com está en este negocio. ¿Para cuando una apliación para el móvil? Actualizado (2-8-2007): Google ya está dando sus pasitos. [...]

  2. Congrats for your post.It will serve a lot on mobile market.waiting for more.

  3. PEO

  4. Very cool.. I wonder if this violates any privacy laws as they are essentially tracking you

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