Google helps mobile users out

Cell phone users can now use Google Maps to get live traffic information.

Google on Tuesday debuted new features to its services for mobile devices. A downloadable Java application of Google Maps enables cell phone users to get live traffic information on the map. That information can be taken into account when providing estimated travel time, product manager Gummi Hafsteinsson said.

In addition, users will be able to save favorite locations into the application, such as a home or work address, and frequently used driving directions, he said. Google also changed its Personalized Home page for mobile devices so that users can customize the content for their smaller screens, rather than having the same personalized home page that they have on their computer, Hafsteinsson said.

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