The phone that feels the flu before you do (AP)

The “Zicam Cold & Flu Companion” warns Google phone users of the number of people who are sneezing and shaking in their zip code.

Matrixx Initiatives Inc., an Arizona company that makes of over-the-counter cold and flu remedies under the Zicam brand, released a program this week for the T-Mobile G1, also known as the “Google phone,” that warns the user how many people in an area are sneezing and shaking with winter viruses.

The “Companion” is available for free from the Android Marketplace, and will soon be available on the iPhone. Google Inc., which created the G1’s operating system, launched its own state-by-state Web-based flu tracker recently.

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