For a while now, Google has offered consumers the ability to compare mortgage rates and other financial products. For the most part, though, these products flew under the radar, even as Google continued to add new products like CDs, checking and savings accounts and credit cards to its comparison tool. This changes today, though, as Google just rolled out its new Google Advisor tool. With Google Advisor, users can compare mortgage rates, find the best credit cards (do prefer cash back? a low APR? no annual fee?) and other bank products like CDs, checking and savings accounts. For the time being, this new tool will only be available in the U.s.
Trover, which quietly launched earlier this month, takes some of Color’s most basic ideas and puts them into an easy to use free iOS app (iTunes link). The app is based around the idea that you want to share photos of cool places around you with the rest of the world. There is also a location-based social networking aspect to the app, but you could easily ignore this aspect of the service without losing it’s basic functionality.
Ever since its launch in late 2009, Google’s Social Search feature was only available in the United States. Over the course of the next week, however, Google will finally roll this feature out globally. Social Search shows you what your friends and contacts shared on public networks like Twitter, Google Buzz and Google Reader and displays this information on relevant search results pages. In addition to bringing Social Search to the rest of the world outside of the U.S., Google also announced that it aims to roll out its experimental +1 feature globally as soon as it can.