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There's a Holiday App for That!

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Guest blogger Christina Montoya Fiedler: Nowadays, it seems like there's an app for everything -- and undoubtedly there is, if you know where to find it. During the holiday season, we'll take anything that will make our lives a little easier!

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Katie Watson, a senior manager at Google, says, "The holidays are a hectic time, even for the most organized parents. Mobile apps are one way to make life a little easier. From Google Shopper's instant price comparisons and product reviews to Google Maps' accurate mobile directions and navigation, moms can make sure the holiday season runs as smoothly as possible."

Too bad there's not an app that actually wraps the gifts for us. Now that'd be something! Take a look at five Google apps that are worth having this season:

1) Google Maps for Mobile
  • Plot the optimal path for errands, soccer practice and longer trips.
  • Get live traffic info and turn-by-turn directions.
  • Ready to explore outdoors with the kids? Find biking and walking directions to make sure you all stay safe.
2) Google Voice Search
Find anything you need, with one easy button. Leave the typing on the phone's keyboard to the kids!

3) Google Sky Map
  • Amaze your kids with your knowledge of the stars and bring the solar system into your hand.
  • Kids bored in the car? Send them into space on a quest to find all eight planets!
4) Google Earth
  • Tired of "Are we there yet?" Show restless riders what "there" looks like.
  • Travel to all seven continents -- without leaving your seat. 
5) Google Shopper/Google Goggles
  • Price-compare your holiday shopping! Scan a barcode in the store and find the item online for less.
  • Be an informed shopper: Find product reviews and information for exactly what you have in your hand.

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6 comments so far | Post a comment now
nutmac December 14, 2010, 9:50 AM

Geeze, a Google ad. Most of these aren’t even apps. Yes, I realize websites can technically be called “web apps”, but that’s misleading to say the least.

???? December 14, 2010, 3:13 PM

So sick of apps!

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