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Google Maps on Treo

Thu Oct 12, 2006 - 4:26 PM EDT - By Michael Ducker

Palm, Inc. today announced that it will deliver the popular interactive mapping experience of Google Maps to millions of Palm Treo smartphone users. Google Maps for mobile optimized for Palm OS based Treo smartphones is a free downloadable Palm OS application that offers directions, local search, moveable/scalable maps, location satellite imagery and traffic updates while on the go.

"Google Maps for mobile is one of our most popular mobile applications," said Deep Nishar, director of product management for Google, Inc. "We're dedicated to providing user-friendly services that make life on the go easier. It's been a pleasure working with Palm to bring our critically acclaimed local search and mapping application to millions of Treo users."

Google Maps for mobile on Treo smartphones offers numerous benefits for life on the run:

•Comprehensive information on traffic conditions in more than 30 U.S. major metropolitan areas, and partial information in many others;
•Detailed driving directions with traffic estimates to avoid congestions;
•One-touch recall of favorite locations and routes;
•Integrated search results for business locations, restaurant reviews, hotel amenities and hours of operation;
•Interactive maps to explore further, reaching beyond current locations; and
Satellite and aerial views.

"We're committed to expanding relationships with mobile content providers to bring our customers the latest in mobile technology," said David Diangson, director, business development and licensing for Palm, Inc. "Google's local search expertise along with added conveniences such as traffic updates and directions make mobile lifestyles even easier. With its full keyboard, 5-way navigation, and touch screen, our Treo line is designed to take advantage of numerous applications, ranging from work to play, that complement a user's everyday life."

Google Maps for mobile has been optimized for the following Palm OS based Treo smartphones:

•New Treo 680 smartphone
•Treo 700p smartphone
•Treo 650 smartphone
•Treo 600 smartphone

Google Maps for mobile is available today free of charge. To download Google Maps for mobile to a Treo smartphone, users simply visit www.google.com/gmm from the Treo web browser.

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