Good bye, GOOG-411

Pour one out tonight, folks. It’s November 12th — the day Google is flipping the switches and shuttering the windows on their free 411 service, 1-800-GOOG411.

We’ll never forget you, GOOG411. You came at the perfect time; mobile was blowing up enough that everyone was constantly in need of phone numbers, but smartphones hadn’t yet become an everyman tool. It was always nice to blow peoples minds by introducing’em to you — and without your contributions to Google’s voice recognition database, Android’s voice search would be nowhere as wonderful.