A new Google Toolbar for Firefox for users will be available for download tomorrow morning Pacific time from the Google Toolbar page. It will offer generally the same features as the Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer, Google says. However, Google Labs will also be releasing tomorrow "send-to-phone" and Google Suggest extensions specifically for the toolbar:
- Google Suggest: Will allow you to utilize Google Suggest directly from the toolbar. So, as you enter your
query into the toolbar, you'll see suggested search terms.
- Google Send To Phone: Will allow you to quickly send the text from any web page to a mobile phone as a text message. The service is free but make sure to check with your mobile phone provider to determine the charges (if any) to receive text messages.
The extensions were created by Google engineers during the 20 percent free time, Google says.
FYI, other services also allow you to send web content to your mobile device. Yahoo has offered options to send entries from Yahoo Local and maps from Yahoo Maps to a mobile phone since early 2005. Last week, Yahoo began offering an option to material from Yahoo Shopping via SMS.
Palo Alto-based Vazu also offers a services the allow the user to send contact info, text snippets from any web page, and more to their mobile phone as a text message. Vazu offers both free and fee-based services.
Unlike the Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer, the Firefox version will have no pop-up blocker. That's because Firefox already has its own built-in blocker.