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Google updates WinMo app with location, more

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Google's app for Windows Mobile phones got some love today from the search giant in the form of three new features.

Designed to make mobile search of Google faster and easier, the updates include My Location, Google Suggest and Search with Maps, writes Craig Wilkinson, software engineer, at the [Google mobile blog](http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2009/09/google-mobile-app-for-windows-mobile.html).

The location feature provides local results without a user typing in their location. Once a user sees the blue My Location dot with the current location below the search box, he or she can search for a local query, for example "italian restaurant," and the search results will contain local business results along with Web results.

"To protect your privacy, location is encrypted when sent to the server, and only your most recent location is stored so that successive searches can use the same location. You can disable My Location at any time in the Advanced Options screen," writes Wilkinson.

Google Suggest reduces typing time by supplying suggested URLS. Search with Maps works by typing in a local query, getting suggestions, and then selecting the ones with red pins next to them to launch the search inside Google Maps.

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