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Video: Another 20 Examples of the Power of Google’s New Voice Search


On Tuesday, a new Jelly Bean user took to YouTube to show off the power of Google’s new Voice Search. During the video, he highlighted at least 40 different questions that were all given direct card answers to. After the video blew up the internet, he received another 20 or so tips from commenters and decided to make a follow-up. This time, he goes into pretty specific stuff and Voice Search still manages to answer via card. Oh, and wait until the end when you get to indoor street view using compass mode. Mind officially blown.

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  • docmars

    Holy dang.

  • JoshHenry

    And I love the new voice on android/ google. She sounds amazing!

  • JoshHenry

    I love you google, but Wikipedia is not a credible source. lol

  • Zach Grabill

    Suck it, Apple. I ditched my 4s a week ago to get another Nexus. No regrets at all.

  • E A butler

    thank God i own a nexus!!!!! SOrry for all you other suckers who wont be getting JB untill 2014

  • iamme

    compass mode made me cum

  • GreenMeansGo

    At the end, I thought he was going to put down the phone and show that he was sitting at that table in the cafe all along. Now that would have been mind-blowing.

  • Amenemhat1

    This is sooo cool! I am having a hard time letting go of ICS AOKP for JB…. Come on AOKP guys, rock out my JB!!!!

  • LP

    Thats insane, seriously considering not getting the GS3 in stores and just grabbing a Nexus and flashing JB….but….I’ll just get a Nexus 7, and S3 should have some ports pretty soon…right?

  • Awesome stuff…but still can’t use GVoice by default for text messages. Seems that nothing will integrate with Voice App, not even Voice seach/Now. I don’t want to use MMS or messenger app. Texting with GVoice is free! Don’t understand why they can’t make them work together.

    • Travis Whiteker

      Try clearing the default in the messaging app that you use and then try to text someone from the contact list. Should pop up and ask which app you want to use and if you want to use it as the default or just one time.

  • Connor Cowan

    random question..what do you think the market price would be for a GNex on Craigslist?
    I was going to buy one for $275 . Am I getting ripped? or is JB butterness worth it?

    • Josh Flowers

      everywhere in North Carolina–you’re lucky if you can find one for under $350. and as far as GSM–i can’t find one anywhere (via craigslist) for under $400…

      so $275’s a reasonable price–esp if it keeps you out of switching to tiered data

  • matt

    This appears to work so well, I am actually starting to think that I might use it pretty often. I cant wait to get my Nexus 7!

  • yeh


  • JOhnM

    Is there going to be a way ICS owners can grab this?

  • Mike

    so I assume this device is running JB? and not the ICS port… everything Ive seen for the ICS port says voice search is not working

  • ThisNexus

    How much of this awesomeness is going to be blocked by Apple patents? Including future integration that we hope to have.

  • Mike

    awesome. the source of every result was from wikipedia.. lol

    • Josh Flowers

      you know you’re getting the most reliable information because new information is being found out about stuff everyday–and anyone can update it (doctors, lawyers, your kid).
      Wikipedia FTW

  • FYI: you don’t need jellybean for that awesomeness at the end. Via maps app look at the info for the place. Pretty cool stuff.

    • Also works for street view. Neat!

      Wonder when a google car is going to come crashing through my living room so I can walk through my house via mobile phone.

  • Noles419

    They need to do a side-by-side with siri… asking the same questions… also showing how slow siri is to respond..

    • already been done to death. look at droid-life history and you will see the links.

    • Russell Tanner

      Someone did that. I want to say it was PhoneDog, or at least linked through there. They said that while their Siri vs S Voice head to head came out with Siri trumping S Voice on everything, Google Now made pretty much a clean sweep over Siri.

  • Cam

    DAMN, you a sexy jelly bean!

  • Geronimo

    If it weren’t for Samsung and their idiotic touchwiz I might have this on my phone already. Android really needs to standardize, at least out of the box and leave the customization options up to the user. Oh and Apple: you’re still pathetic.

  • “Hey Google, where’s the tallest building in the world?”

    “In my pants! Booyah!”

  • ddevito

    Its great, but still needs to be able to open gapps and create calendar appointments and tasks and such.

    • Sven Enterlein

      Patience! I am certain they are working on it. This would be the cream on the cherry on the cream!

    • Bionicman

      when i ask Google Voice Search (google now) to turn on bluetooth or gps it tells me “the feature is not supported yet”. yet being the key word.

  • ChrisTraeger1

    This confirms I will do everything it takes to work for Google $)

  • ddevito

    Android Peanut Butter will simply be that interface and nothing else

    • Crazydog

      Peanut Butter is a desert? Why not Peanut Brittle? 😛

  • moozicmon

    I love how you can hear him say “wow” at 3:43. That was my EXACT reaction.

    • Crazydog

      That’s the best feedback a software engineer can get – someone saying ‘wow’ while using their software.

  • Liderc

    As much as I ragged on Siri, Google’s version looks freaking epic. I can definitely see myself whipping my Nexus out and asking questions friends and I are debating and letting the phone speak for itself.

    • KleenDroid

      Yes it is awesome. Have you installed Jellybean yet?

  • DedliYeti

    I’m trying to get the voice search to recognize “Hey Google” to start the search… I didnt see him press the talk button… can anyone shed some light on this?

    • ddevito

      You have to first bring up the Google Now interface, then you can say “hey Google”

    • You don’t even have to say “Hey Google”, just “Google” is sufficient for it. Pretty handy

    • Crazydog

      If Music is playing, with or without headphones, it won’t let you say Google, FYI.

    • DedliYeti

      Hmm.. “Hey Google” and “Google” dont seem to give me a response. Something I have to enable first, or do I just need to speak up or something…

  • last night a bought tickets for spiderman 2-3 hours before the showing.
    so went to fandango got my tickets received the email confirmation (gmail)
    and then somehow i had a card telling me 20 minutes before the showing that i had to leave my house to arrive at the theaters in time with the current trafic. it was nice but also kind a creepy

    • Liderc

      wow, that’s crazy.

    • Crazydog

      I bet if Gmail (web) suggests you add something to your calendar from an email, it will show up in Google Now.

    • lsiegh

      Sounds like the future is now

    • KleenDroid

      Yes, It is now starting to tell me how long it’s going to take to get the places I am goingl. Sometimes I’m not sure how it knows where I am going. This along with all the other features are very awesome.

      • michael arazan

        Reminds me of back to the future 2 when their are in the sky highway and doc brown’s visors, kind of like google glass, told him eveything about where he was going and how long it would take, and if the highway was busy.

      • LionStone

        Wow the automation looks crazy…even when my friends gf wanted to know how long it was going to take to get from point B to point C, when we were at point A, him and siri could only watch while I quickly punched it in and we could see the type of traffic and how long it was going to take her…even manually like that it is so quick.

        I wonder what GPS setting the guy in the video was using? I normally just keep the Google location turned on all the time and only use stand alone when needed.

    • michael arazan

      FYI today you can start reserving your tickets for the new batman movie too.

  • Frank F

    Come on now after watching this how can apple fans not be envious…Android > ios

    • Treknologist

      +1 million for this post!

      • Agreed… why do I have a feeling all of this, google now, the indoor compass etc is all prep product for the google glasses?

        • MKader17

          While I’m sure it is a piece of the puzzle the functionally has been there since the og Droid

    • Steve Wojciechowski

      That’s the problem, their envy has got the best of them and they won’t be able to accept it. This is the reason they bought the iphone, which is so they could be the ones being envied.

      • Remember guys, IOS 6 is going to have turn-by-turn navigation. Completely Innovative! /sarcasm

        • Zac Hart

          I shot fireworks off with a couple guys who work for apple last night, I let them play with my nexus and jelly bean, They called it disgusting and would not challenge me with siri.. lame asses left about five minutes later

          • I messed with an iPhone yesterday.. I was actually impressed by the individual app location toggle. That was cool. I would like to have that ability.

        • bjdechant

          could google then sue them for infringing on copyright with turn-by-turn navigation and end sales of ALL iOS devices running iOS 6? Just a thought.

    • 1bad69z28

      In my Mike Tyson voice in the Hang Over NIIIIIIICCCCCCCEEEEEEEEE LOL

    • David Hayden

      I’m an Android fan, and I’m envious since this will probably never be on my phone.

      • Adam Metzner

        what phone?

  • Scott Willenborg

    Not only did that re-affirm how awesome Google Now is going to be…

    …but now I know that Taylor Swift is one tall drink of sexy..

  • Greg Peterson

    Loving ICS. But it is soooo last weekend. I wonder if JB will be as obsolete as ICS by the time it penetrates 11% of the market?

  • SirSoloDolo

    That compass mode is sick!!!

  • The compass mode is rediculous

  • RedPandaAlex

    I’m curious about how Google deals with Wikipedia data to make sure they don’t catch smartasses who change something for laughs. Maybe the text has to be there for a day or two to enter their databases?

  • Toonz

    Holy ish!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mind has officially been blown.

  • faganm24

    Kelvin aren’t measured in degrees…

    • JoshGroff

      0 degrees Kelvin is Absolute Zero, temperature is measured in degrees, I’m pretty sure it is measured in degrees. Then again, last time I took science was in 11th grade, which would be 5 years ago, so I could be wrong.

      • Russell Tanner

        Well, you just say “0 Kelvin” or “5000 Kelvin”, not “5000 degrees Kelvin”.

      • Steven

        No, he is right. It is actually incorrect to say degress Kelvin. It would just simply be 0 Kelvin is Absolute Zero.

      • SimplicityPrevails

        Kelvin is an absolute temperature scale, therefore nothing can be any degrees Kelvin. It is an absolute scale, thus making it unit-less. Technically, Kelvin is not measured in degrees.

    • Steven

      I saw that and immediately thought the same thing.

    • Sven Enterlein

      Do you think Google Now is listening?? 😀 Wonder where it pulled up the info (I should watch the video again).

  • Can you imagine the possibilities with this?

    Especially with the pace of innovation coming from Google, coupled with the constant iterations in the backend, there will be thousands if not hundreds of thousands of responses curtailed to the user.

  • The most impressive part of the video is the “compass mode” at the end. I didn’t know Street View or “inside view” even had this feature.

    • Apostrafee

      It is an older feature but never really worked as well as THAT. I always thought compass mode was one of the coolest feature in street view

      • I’d never even heard of it. It works flawlessly now on my phone.

        • Apostrafee

          I used to demo that for customers who wanted the iPhone…it blew their mind haha

          • It doesn’t take much to blow the mind of someone who wants or has an iPhone, considering the iPhone doesn’t do much.