Google Voice Recognition launched

Mon 17 November 2008 15:35, Editors

Google Voice Recognition launched

There was a lot of buzz around it in the past days but now it's finally there: Google has launched their Voice Recognition Search application for the Apple iPhone.

Originally the application should have been launched last friday but once again the Apple-policy about adding applications to the store was a big hurdle to take. Yet today Apple finally came through and you can download the application in your iTunes-store.

It is not quite clear what caused the delay. Google submitted the app via the standard iPhone developer tool instead off getting in touch with Apple personaly. Now the application was 'in review' for almost a week.

Why Google chose to launch the application on the iPhone instead off their own Android Phone is not clear.

With the voice recognition app Google has made a big step in voice search. They've been playing around with it for quite some time now, but looking at the demo- and promo-video's (see below) this time they hit gold.

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Competitors like Microsoft (Microsoft Tellme service) and Yahoo (Yahoo’s oneSearch) also have voice recognition applications but those are more specific focussed on special topics like maps and movies. Google uses the voice recognition on their full databases and is therefore more flexible. However we have to wait and see if it all really works as Google tell us in their demo's. What if you have an accent, will Google pick that up too?

With the application you can 'talk to Google' getting back search results on your iPhone. Just talking into the iPhone will bring the Google results with in some cases local results. These local results are based on the GPS-status of the phone. If recognized where you are and if local results are available these will be displayed. This will make it a lot easier for people to search for a service nearby. It's not clear yet if local results will appear all over the world or just in the US and maybe UK.


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