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  • New Google Voice Search App for iPhone


    Google researchers have added sophisticated voice recognition technology, adept at understanding human speech, to the company’s search software for the Apple iPhone. Google is expected to introduce a free application as early as today and experts say it could almost eliminate the need for the keyboard entirely.

    New York Times' John Markoff writes, “The service can be used to get restaurant recommendations and driving directions, look up contacts in the iPhone’s address book or just settle arguments in bars. The query “What is the best pizza restaurant in Noe Valley?” returns a list of three restaurants in that San Francisco neighborhood, each with starred reviews from Google users and links to click for phone numbers and directions.”

    The query results will turn up in just seconds on a fast wireless network, and will take of advantage of features that let the iPhone determine its location. The voice recognition quality is supposed to be superb. Systems that can recognize any phrase said by almost anyone have recently started making their way into commercial products, and the new Google app is supposedly one of these.

    Raj Reddy, an artificial intelligence researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, says, “It’s important to understand that machine recognition will never be perfect, the question is, How close can they come to human performance?” Mr. Reddy continues “Whatever they introduce now, it will greatly increase in accuracy in three or six months.”

    Furthermore, the new application also takes advantage of the iPhone's built-in accelerometer to determine how users hold the handset. It will only go into "listen mode" when it seems you've raised the phone to your ear, and this is good because it will reduce unintentional queries.

    While experts say the Google app will definitely make its way into other phones, it is first being introduced with the iPhone.

    Sounds awesome! Whoever downloads it, let us know how well it works.

    Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/14/te...in&oref=slogin
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Google Voice Search App for iPhone started by AppleChic View original post
    Comments 65 Comments
    1. leer100's Avatar
      leer100 -
      First - Cant wait to try it
    1. pokefan's Avatar
      pokefan -
      any name on this app? I want to be able to keep an eye out for it!
    1. spazit101's Avatar
      spazit101 -
      sounds cool
    1. knowtheobscure's Avatar
      knowtheobscure -
      Its called "Say Who" dialier, and even though its slow on my 1st generation phone, its amazing how it can understand me. Voice recognition has never worked for me before. But with this app, its no problem.

      My only issue is that it takes so long to load, and then another couple of seconds to find the name. But at least its accurate.

      Also, its been out for a few days now.
    1. koompi's Avatar
      koompi -
      Very interesting application.

      I think there's a difference between these two.
      That one finds Contact on your list.
      This app searches Google to find answers for your questions.
    1. Dzazter's Avatar
      Dzazter -
      Quote Originally Posted by knowtheobscure View Post
      Its called "Say Who" dialier, and even though its slow on my 1st generation phone, its amazing how it can understand me. Voice recognition has never worked for me before. But with this app, its no problem.

      My only issue is that it takes so long to load, and then another couple of seconds to find the name. But at least its accurate.

      Also, its been out for a few days now.
      Not at all the app they are talking about.
    1. Nukie's Avatar
      Nukie -
      Quote Originally Posted by knowtheobscure View Post
      Its called "Say Who" dialier
      Incorrect. The Google app that does this is not out yet.
    1. knowtheobscure's Avatar
      knowtheobscure -
      There are two apps.

      One is called "Say Who"; the other is called "Say Where"

      Nevermind... seems like this particular app is a bit more sophisticated. My bad.
    1. ASar08's Avatar
      ASar08 -
      This sounds awesome. I'm happy that Google loves the iPhone... I really hope they continue to throw lots of effort into developing amazing apps!
    1. pokefan's Avatar
      pokefan -
      @yamir, of course a lot of the news is going to be duplicate that's what happens when you have popular content with people competing for the same stuff. As far as this thread goes, it's getting OT fast. Some of us are actually interested in what's going on here could you please go bicker and criticize else where!

      Sorry, rant over

      Edit Poseidon: Thanks! I "cleaned" up this thread a little
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      awesome! i'm definitely looking forward to trying this out.
    1. JAG2621's Avatar
      JAG2621 -
      Quote Originally Posted by knowtheobscure View Post
      Its called "Say Who" dialier, and even though its slow on my 1st generation phone, its amazing how it can understand me. Voice recognition has never worked for me before. But with this app, its no problem.

      My only issue is that it takes so long to load, and then another couple of seconds to find the name. But at least its accurate.

      Also, its been out for a few days now.
      I do not think Say Who is the program they are talking about. Say Who has been out awhile. They are saying this is coming out today or tomorrow!
    1. BogeyJH's Avatar
      BogeyJH -
      It appears that the Google Mobile App released back on 28 August 2008 is about to be updated to include the voice recognition software.

      I didn't have the Google Mobile App until after visiting the linked site, so I thought I was about to get the new functionality. I guess they put the info up prior to the app update.
    1. cricketlang's Avatar
      cricketlang -
      First off about this posting stuff thats on other sites....its NEWS!!! last time i checked when i turned on the TV there were MULTIPLE news stations covering the SAME story. wow..who would have thought of such a thing. Some of us are faithful to this site and come here for our news. If you prefer to go somewhere else then get lost buddy.

      About this app though this is really cool. one more great thing that google is giving us even though they have thier own OS now for mobile phones. Now if you want my opinion that makes Google a lot more of a respectable company in my eyes. And from what i see this app is pretty amazing too and FREE. GO GOOGLE!!!!
    1. pokefan's Avatar
      pokefan -
      Thanks bogey!! I've downloaded it now just waiting for the update!!
    1. Reako's Avatar
      Reako -
      I'm pretty sure this app is just gonna be an updated google mobile..

      Reako
    1. pokefan's Avatar
      pokefan -
      Quote Originally Posted by cricketlang View Post
      one more great thing that google is giving us even though they have thier own OS now for mobile phones. Now if you want my opinion that makes Google a lot more of a respectable company in my eyes. And from what i see this app is pretty amazing too and FREE. GO GOOGLE!!!!
      I agree 100% cricket! I don't think Google gives a $h*t what platform they're on they just want their hands in as many venues and applications as possible! Which is great for us consumers!!
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      I effs with google lol
    1. vaughn.iphone's Avatar
      vaughn.iphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by knowtheobscure View Post
      Its called "Say Who" dialier, and even though its slow on my 1st generation phone, its amazing how it can understand me. Voice recognition has never worked for me before. But with this app, its no problem.

      My only issue is that it takes so long to load, and then another couple of seconds to find the name. But at least its accurate.

      Also, its been out for a few days now.
      Are you kidding "knowtheobscure"
      Its not Say Who, or Say Where dialer by Excuse Me Services, Inc.
      Its not even available yet.

      Get the facts before looking like an idiot!
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      first vaugh.iphone, you need to relax , he already knows he messed up and there are people who already told him....so before you start calling people idiots and repeating what other people already said....don't do it...cuz your post is niether informative nor useful as it's repeated info.... Be nice now...