Google is to shut down its voice-controlled 411 phone directory service in the US and Canada.
First launched in 2007, 1-800-GOOG-411 allowed users to call a number and perform searches through voice commands as an alternative to traditional directory services.
Google said that the move was in large part due to the rise of smartphones. Similar voice recognition features are available on handsets such as those running Android, and the company is shifting its focus.
"Our success encouraged us to aim for more innovation," wrote GOOG-411 team members in a blog post.
"Thus, we're putting all of our resources into speech-enabling the next generation of Google products and services across a multitude of languages."
Feature phone owners who still wish to use Google's directory service will be able to use a text message service at 466453 which will allow the requesting and receiving of information.
Google is also advising people to use the voice call features on Gmail.
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