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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. toyvan's Avatar
      toyvan -
      I heard it got rejected by apple too..?!?! good thing my fingers are still all intact and healthy...cheers
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      Ok, I need this app. Not want it, NEED it.

      EDIT: if the app can search contacts, could you theoretically be able to use this as a voice dialer?
    1. woowoodengy's Avatar
      woowoodengy -
      apple would be stupid to push google away they made iphone better in many ways & now with android coming soon to every phone near you apple should not turn their backs to google
    1. wePhone's Avatar
      wePhone -
      Big companies liek Google don't get rejected. They are on a higher level than 3rd party companies as you can hear on the keynote where they announce the 3G.
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      EDIT: if the app can search contacts, could you theoretically be able to use this as a voice dialer?
      Good point. Maybe that's why it's being held back?
    1. Reako's Avatar
      Reako -
      The google app is already able to search the contacts, as well as Say Who. So, there would be no further reason for this to be held accountable for rejection...

      Reako
    1. khaoticsquirrel's Avatar
      khaoticsquirrel -
      finally an app google made that wasn't trying to promote stalker behaviors ..
    1. porkepig's Avatar
      porkepig -
      Ok I've just downloaded it and tested it from the New Zealand app store, it's sick as super good i spoke a few restaurants locations and landmarks and it's amazing brings ups allsorts of options, directions, reviews. YEOW!!!!!
    1. rbisconti97's Avatar
      rbisconti97 -
      Quote Originally Posted by porkepig View Post
      Ok I've just downloaded it and tested it from the New Zealand app store, it's sick as super good i spoke a few restaurants locations and landmarks and it's amazing brings ups allsorts of options, directions, reviews. YEOW!!!!!
      What's the name of the program called?
    1. liton's Avatar
      liton -
      Quote Originally Posted by porkepig View Post
      Ok I've just downloaded it and tested it from the New Zealand app store, it's sick as super good i spoke a few restaurants locations and landmarks and it's amazing brings ups allsorts of options, directions, reviews. YEOW!!!!!
      I don't see it on US or UK store, how it can be in New Zealand store???
    1. dallasnights's Avatar
      dallasnights -
      notin US store yet, hope today, come on apple
    1. BogeyJH's Avatar
      BogeyJH -
      Quote Originally Posted by BogeyJH View Post
      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.
      It appears that it may be true that the update to Google Mobile App was not approved. I just checked the Google site previously linked and there is no longer mention of the cool and useful voice recognition features or any pending updates.
    1. SplitFire's Avatar
      SplitFire -
      Quote Originally Posted by BogeyJH View Post
      It appears that it may be true that the update to Google Mobile App was not approved. I just checked the Google site previously linked and there is no longer mention of the cool and useful voice recognition features or any pending updates.
      It's in the store right now. It doesn't say anything about voice search in the description, but I just downloaded it and it does accept voice commands.
    1. Garage Battle's Avatar
      Garage Battle -
      confirmed
    1. dirtybird1977's Avatar
      dirtybird1977 -
      Why doesn't it bring up contacts when you voice search? I can only find contacts when I type the search.
    1. dallasnights's Avatar
      dallasnights -
      its there just click on search for Google, then pick it and install, it updates and works great WOW thanks Google
    1. bruinsrme's Avatar
      bruinsrme -
      I clicked on the get app, a pop up came up and said the update was free, downloaded and synced, done.
    1. pakijawan's Avatar
      pakijawan -
      wow finally here!
    1. dallasnights's Avatar
      dallasnights -
      ya i updated works great but even after reboot it shows I have an update and its google in APP store on teh badge, really wierd
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Yeah this app is cool.