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Google's Blue Dot Alerts Shoppers to the Last Tickle Me Elmo on Earth

Google Blue Dot

Google has just added a nifty little 'blue dot' feature to its mobile Shopping search engine. Anyone with either an iPhone, Palm WebOS phone, or any Android-powered device will be able to discover immediately if the item they're after is in stock with nearby retailers, which will mean cutting out all that thankless traipsing around stores as you try and hunt down the latest Toy Story 3D merchandise for that special ankle-biter in your life.

As long as whatever it is you're looking for is sold by participating stores—which include Best Buy, Sears, Pottery Barn and West Elm—then the blue dot will show you the way. And if your geo-locator is enabled, then it will tell you just how far away you are from consumer nirvana.

[Via Google Merchant Blog]

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  • Benoit Maison

    It would be great if Google Product Search could add a barcode scanner for its iPhone-bearing visitors, like it did for Android.

    There is already a free iPhone app that allows it, called pic2shop. It reads UPCs quickly on all iPhone models (even without autofocus), and it can be made to search any web site.

    See the live demo to search Google Products at: