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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. pokefan's Avatar
      pokefan -
      and vaugh, it is available as already posted. It's the update that hasn't been released yet.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Hmmmm now only if Google got Android to work on the iPhone, that would be amazing!!!!
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      and that will also never happen legally LOL , I believe I they or anyone manages to make I happen, it's gonna be all underground
    1. gfr04c's Avatar
      gfr04c -
      i've never been a google fan, but this is quite impressive if it works a lot smoother that say who
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Sounds awesome. So just to clarify this thing is basically google search with my voice instead of typing into a search bar? Crossing my fingers we will see a voice dialer soon!
    1. warfa's Avatar
      warfa -
      so whats it called and where is it? lol
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Keep on topic y'all. This is not a G1 discussion thread. (I deleted several posts)
    1. danvicente's Avatar
      danvicente -
      Will be checking back to see when this is released and how well it works
    1. reddevilseye's Avatar
      reddevilseye -
      maybe Google finished the app but wait for apple store to inspect and accept the app, give it a couple of days
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      Crazy! JUST today I was driving and trying to look up lyrics to a song on my iPhone at the same time. I said to myself, I wish their was an app that I could do voice searches with and receive google results back.

      This is getting a little freaky..
    1. viriiguy's Avatar
      viriiguy -
      Am I the only one whom finds it ironic that GOOGLE released this app on the iPhone first? Instead of their own Android phone?
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by viriiguy View Post
      Am I the only one whom finds it ironic that GOOGLE released this app on the iPhone first? Instead of their own Android phone?
      Google has always been fond of the iPhone. It almost seems like its the phone that they wish they had made. Anyway, Im sure this same program for Android will be released very shortly after the iPhone version maybe after a few bugs are worked out...
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      maybe they could also port some andriod things to the iphone (course im dreaming here)but you get my drift...
    1. imagine engine's Avatar
      imagine engine -
      It's nice to see Google is still focused on developing apps for the iPhone even after releasing their Android OS to developers and G1 (Google Phone) to the cellphone market. I'm looking forward to trying this app when it's released in the App Store.
    1. bdizzle's Avatar
      bdizzle -
      This app seems real cool. if it wasn't for google, the iphone would not have had a lot of cool apps
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      heres a nice video of it in action

      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3z7Tw1K17A]YouTube - Google Mobile App for iPhone, now with Voice Search[/ame]
    1. bdizzle's Avatar
      bdizzle -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      wow, that's crazy, i think i just found my favorite new app...
    1. jaredb03's Avatar
      jaredb03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by viriiguy View Post
      Am I the only one whom finds it ironic that GOOGLE released this app on the iPhone first? Instead of their own Android phone?
      Not ironic. Just putting the app on the popular phone right now first. If i created apps i would defiantly put it on the iphone right now considering there is 14+ million iphones on the street, and only a little over 1 million android phones.
    1. PhoneLine's Avatar
      PhoneLine -
      Among the many looking for the voice features, In the reviews for the current version of the app there's a recent poster who states that Apple rejected Google's updated version with the voice.

      I'm hoping this person is either flat out wrong or just trying to start a rumor.
    1. bthomp2000's Avatar
      bthomp2000 -
      It's an update to the google mobile app