have announced mobile access for their Google Book Search service to Android-based devices, such as the T-Mobile G1. The launch, which is also formatted for the Apple iPhone, offers 1.5 million books in the US and over half a million outside of the US that the search giant has digitized and made available online. Although the titles - which are all public domain - have been available for some time now, what's different is Google's new mobile reader client. This portal, which can be accessed by visiting http://books.google.com/m, reformats the page layout to be more easily read on the small screen of a mobile device. Available titles include everything from general fiction, through travelogues and philosophy, to textbooks and business manuals. Coincidentally, Amazon revealed this week that they are working on a mobile version of their ebook service, which will run on select cellphones.
have announced a free app for Android-based handsets, which helps users locate their nearest ATM. The software, ING Wegwijzer ("ING Signpost"), takes advantage not only of the T-Mobile G1's GPS functionality but also its digital compass, presenting directions to the closest cash-machine overlaid onto a real-time view of their surroundings. It's similar in concept to Lastminute's nru app, which highlights activities such as galleries, cinemas, bars and restaurants. Both apps offer a form of augmented-reality, where internet data is combined with real-time information from around the user; by holding the G1 up as if taking a photo and then turning around, the software keeps the information positioned appropriately. Another example is the Wikitude AR Travel Guide, also available for the G1. Unfortunately the service is only available in the Netherlands at present, meaning those outside the country will have a long walk to whichever ATM the app flags up. Still, it's great to see a well-known company pick up on Android's capabilities and promote software for it, something we'll hopefully see even more of in other regions. [gallery] [via Springwise]