By far one of my favorite new features in iPhone 3.0 is Spotlight. Those unfamiliar with the Mac technology, it's essentially a super fast, smart search system. In iPhone 3.0 Spotlight has been added to iPod, Notes, Mail, and Calendar, in addition to the Phone app. This means that you can search for a song in the iPod, a mail message in Mail, or appointment in Calendar. But here's where things get crazy awesome. Swiping to the left of the first home page (the little spotlight icon) will let you search through your entire iPhone. How awesome is that?
It looks like Google's search app might be getting a little competition. Vlingo, a new voice-powered search application was just released into the App Store. The app has been available for RIM phones for some time, but has now been ported to the iPhone. Like the Google app, it can recognize spoken English words (and works best with an American accent ). Unlike Google's app, however, it can search both Google and Yahoo engines.
Microsoft said a while back that they were looking into adding their voice search software to the iPhone, but the NY TImes says Google might be beating them to it. Rumors are circulating the net that Google is planning to release a free voice search app for the iPhone, possibly some time later today.
Dial Directions Software has just announced their new app, Say Where for the iPhone. The app uses voice recognition to allow users to search for things like directions, businesses, reviews, and more just by tapping the screen and speaking the location. Users can chose which mobile site to search, including Traffic.com, MapQuest, Yelp, Yellow Pages, Google Local, Ask.com and more.
Yahoo, finally taking cue from Googles very popular mobile search offerings, is launching its own mobile search solution for the iPhone and iPod touch. Point your MobileSafari browser over to http://search.yahoo.com/i and you will be treated to a search experience that integrates many Yahoo products.