Karelia Software has released Watson 1.5.5, introducing Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility and access to Google's search engine.

Watson was awarded Apple's Worldwide Developer Award for 2002's most innovative OS X Product. The solution was originally developed as a companion product to Sherlock, offering access to a selection of Web services, including news, stock reports, phone listings and more. Sherlock 3 now offers similar levels of functionality.

"We were disappointed, and had to cut back, when Apple announced Sherlock 3 and it looked like a Watson clone," said Dan Wood, president of Karelia and Watson's creator.

"We Soon discovered that Watson is much faster for Web searching than Sherlock 3, and boasts far more tools. We are still offering the Macintosh community a faster, more feature-rich alternative to Apple's best efforts. Our team has been hard at work to keep Watson ahead of the pack."

The new Google search feature offers both simple and advanced search features, and searches can be saved for retrieval later. The feature supports multiple language character sets, and an adult content feature also figures.

Not for UK users, the application also includes a plug-in to search Amazon.com. Built for Mac OS X, Karelia is offering a two week trial of the application as a fully functioning, time limited demo. Single-user licenses cost $29.