If you have an Android or BlackBerry phone, you can use voice recognition in Google Maps to search for an address by talking to your phone. Now you can do the same thing on Windows Mobiel and Symbian S60 phones.

Google rolled out Google Maps 4.1 for the two platforms this week. In order to speak your query, you launch the Google Maps app, hit the call button on your phone, and tell your phone the search term. You can search for a business, type of business, place or address. For example, Airport, Pizza restaurant, or Joe’s Record Shop should all return results — assuming there’s a guy named Joe with a record shop in your town.

You can install Google Maps for Mobile 4.1 by visiting m.google.com/maps in your phone’s browser. I tried installing the app on a Windows Mobile 2003SE device, and not surprisingly it didn’t work. But if you have a phone running Windows Mobile 6.0 or newer you should be all set.

This update means that the only mobile version of Google Maps that doesn’t support search by voice is the iPhone app.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...