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Voice Search Updated, Includes Personalized Recognition

The Voice Search application for Android just went personal.  Actually, a new update is available and includes what “Personalized Recognition” that if enabled, over time, will learn from your voice to help make your searches more accurate.  Who didn’t want a custom speech model for X-mas?

If you opt into personalized recognition, we begin to associate the recordings of the words that you ask us to recognize with your Google account. We then automatically use these words to build a speech model specifically for you. This speech model enables us to deliver greater recognition accuracy. Although subtle, accuracy improvements begin fairly quickly and will build over time.

For Android 2.2 phones and above, and you’ll have to click yes when prompted to begin building your speech empire.

Via:  Google Mobile Blog

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  • tjhrulz

    i like this part “For Android 2.2 phones and above”

  • VZW-Lte

    Where can I get this update?

  • Atomic

    >>> How do you turn OFF personalized recognition if you decide you don't like it? Say “Turn off”?

  • Gio

    mine keeps failing to update?

  • Only problem with this and the previous update is that it broke setting the alarm with the froyo 2.2 app posted here from the G2.

  • Bhain3s

    I actually found this out 5 min prior to reading the blog today….cheatin on a ncaa 2011 weekly quiz lol n of course I received a100%

  • Higher_Ground

    [rant]This is obviously just another step towards machine domination. I think I'm starting to put the pieces together behind the “android” branding… Once google has enough of your personalized recordings (they were supposedly anonymous before) they will be able to program an “android” with your own voice. After collecting tons of seemingly harmless information (shopping tendancies, location awareness, contact details) they are now one step closer to deploying your doppelganger. Think about it. They know where you are most of the time, who you associate with, and what you like to do. Now they can even replicate your voice. One day you will see a google street view van idling in front of your house. What you don't know is they are planning on kidnapping you and sending in the android as a replacement. Think about it, your neighbor could already be an android and you wouldn't know. They walk amongst us. [/rant]

  • Mrpicolas

    as long as my speech model is jessica alba count me in

  • Omg…….I'm in love with with this new voice search
    Only thing is…it messes up names and words such as f*** etc lol
    Still, it's good for saving time……..”Send a text message to …………,” and it will open up right away. <3333

  • I'm glad I found this website.
    It tells you about things your phone doesn't tell you.
    The gingerbread launcher, Apex, Voice search, and many other things ……
    <3 Droid-Life

  • teleclimber

    Has anybody else notice that voice recognition has gotten much better in the last few weeks? I use it for “typing” texts and it almost always nails it if I enunciate just a bit more than normal speech.

  • Can I train it so that various explitives can be substituted for commonly used search terms? I want “F*** this S***” to search for “Closest Gas Station”

  • EC8CH

    I love how Droid-Life notifies me of updates before my phone does.

  • bobo

    It's a trap!

  • Google is Great! Google willing we will prevail! Google is Great!

  • Sigs48

    Okay, this actually sounds like a worthwhile update. I support several business users of Android phones from Boston who have your typical Boston accent and have had challenges getting any voice recognition to work. Of course this is to be expected when you consider the typical Boston accent does not pronounce the letter 'R' correctly!

    • Ka_Solo

      Ahh…(propah phonetics of the lettah “R”)

  • EC8CH

    Today Personalized Voice Search by Google…

    Tomorrow Personalized Thought Search by Google…

  • Greg

    Hey Kellex: Which rom are you running on your Droid X, Details please

  • The350zWolf

    Finally, my droid will be able to recognize me. Before this it felt like I was just talking to an empty box!

  • i would be impressed if this can recognize ozzy osbourne.

    • EC8CH

      Ozzy speech Translator by Google:

      Ozzy gibberish goes in one end, eloquent diction by James Earl Jones comes out the other

      • Originalme8

        Not even Google can accomplish that…

  • Matt

    I, for one, welcome our new Google overlords.

    • Andrew Hewitt

      Much better them than some power hungry company like Apple.

      • gafrican

        You think Google is after the same thing as Apple?

        $ diff apple google
        open source

        • Michael_NM

          Goolge wants read your mind. Fapple wants to control it.

          • EC8CH

            more specifically:

            Google wants to read your mind to find out what you want to buy,

            Apple wants to control your mind to tell you what you want to buy.

  • Michael_NM

    Standing by for Google mind search. “Would you like Google to read your mind?”

    Where's the Maps update?

    • EC8CH

      you beat me to…

      are you reading my mind?

      • Michael_NM

        Great minds… wait… let me see what Google says I'm thinking.

        • Bigrob60

          You just used Google to read EC8CH’s mind, then asked about the Map’s update.

    • not until Nexus S is finally released (Dec 18)

  • Brian

    Where do I get this

    • The350zWolf


      • Brian


  • BostonB

    Wow cool!