If you have used Google's SMS Search service in the past, you're not going to like what we're going to tell you. Google has axed this service, according to latest reports.
TechCrunch reports that users began to first notice that the service wasn't working anymore, late last week. Soon they began posting queries in Google's Product Forums and on Reddit. Things got clearer, when Google's Jessica.S. wrote,
Closing products always involves tough choices, but we do think very hard about each decision and its implications for our users. Streamlining our services enables us to focus on creating beautiful technology that will improve people’s lives.
Google quietly pulls down SMS Search service
Google's SMS Search service allowed users to send their search queries by text message to 466453. The results, in turn would come back as text messages as well. Now, these text messages did not contain links, but in fact, had actual information – like currency conversions, weather and other local listings. This feature was primarily for those who used feature phones without data connection. It could also be used on smartphones. While there still is a link to Google's SMS Search, it takes you to a 404 page.
As such, Google does retire its lesser used services as part of its cleaning drives. But, Google retiring its SMS Service has just come out of the blue.
Another Google service well on its road to retirement, is the popular Google Reader.