Google Buzz for Mobile Expands Its Reach

To more handsets, more platforms

By on May 28th, 2010 05:23 GMT
Google Buzz for mobile, the solution brought into the wild back in February, is now available for a wider range of mobile phone users out there. Following the initial availability on handsets running under Google's Android 2.0 platform (or higher) and iPhone, the tool can now be accessed from additional devices, including those powered by Android flavors prior to 2.0, BlackBerry, Noaki S60, Palm WebOS and Windows Mobile.

Those who would like to access Google Buzz for mobile will only have to type buzz.google.com in their handset's browser, provided that the device is running under one of the aforementioned operating systems. According to a recent post on Google Mobile blog, the availability of this tool on additional devices is based on the launch of an XHTML version of the Buzz website, given the fact that mobile browsers remain one of the most popular ways in which users can access Buzz.

“Just type buzz.google.com in your browser. Then when you log in using your password, you will be able to view the stream of buzz posts, post publicly or privately, comment or like a post, and more. On the BlackBerry platform, you can also enable location through your browser settings. This will allow you to get to the Nearby view, where you’ll find geo-tagged posts near you. In addition, you can tag your post with your location. Please note that location features might not work on some devices,” the aforementioned blog post continues.

When it comes to Android-based mobile phones, the same web application that was previously available for Android 2.0 and higher can be used to access Google Buzz on devices running under Android pre-2.0 version. Of course, one can also access the XHTML version, in case the web app won't do. Along with expanding the reach of Google Buzz to more handsets, even to those that do not support the HTML5 capabilities used by the web app, Google also made it available in more languages, 37 in total.

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