Google adds location aware search results

Google is constantly finding ways to improve the world's most popular search engine. On Android devices, Google recently added an option called "Near me now" on the Google homepage. This section lets you see a list of close-by points of interest via your GPS location. Now, according to The Official Google Blog, Google has decided to implement location aware results into desktop search as well.

When you visit Google's website and expland the "Show options" section, you will see a new option for "Nearby." This will allow Google to cater your search results based on your location. Once searching nearby, you can then use the "Custom Location" option to instruct Google to use an alternate search location. This sort of thing could come in very handy when planning a trip; this option is only available via the English version of Google.com.

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This does work with Google Maps for the desktop if you have geosense installed. I was trying it out yesterday.

Tanshin said,
Anybody knows if this will work with Geosense? It'd be nice if it did!

It appears to. Geosense incorrectly shows my desktop (I don't have another machine to test it on right now) as being in Memphis, TN, and Google shows me search results for that city when I click the nearby link.

roadwarrior said,
It appears to. Geosense incorrectly shows my desktop (I don't have another machine to test it on right now) as being in Memphis, TN, and Google shows me search results for that city when I click the nearby link.
MEMPHIS! Represent! :)

Edited by Benjamin Rubenstein, Mar 1 2010, 9:51pm :

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
MEMPHIS! Represent! :)

LOL, except for the fact that I'm actually in Jackson, MS. Haven't got the first clue why it shows up as as Memphis. Most web sites that attempt to locate me by IP address or ISP information show me in Monroe, LA.

roadwarrior said,

It appears to. Geosense incorrectly shows my desktop (I don't have another machine to test it on right now) as being in Memphis, TN, and Google shows me search results for that city when I click the nearby link.

It might take some time to get your exact location. My iPod showed my as being in another town in CT, then it showed me as across my street, and now it shows me as being in my house.

Geosense shows me as being in the center of my town (strangely near an AT&T office (not sure what this office is for, but it's there)... and I use U-Verse).

shiny_red_cobra said,
If only they could do the same with google maps (on desktops) then that would be great.

x system has features then y does, but x sucks because I've got some weird bias for y.