At the Google I/O keynote from day 1 (watch it here at the 20:00 minute mark), the Android team took the wraps off a new product called Google Now that was powered by a new version of Voice Search (our hands-on). During the demo of it, we were all impressed by the beautiful new UI, answer cards with relevant info, and accuracy. To call this a giant step forward in voice searching, might even be an understatement.
Naturally, people were quick to compare this to Apple’s Siri since it gets all of the play these days in the voice search category. We argued that Siri isn’t even on the same level since Google Now actually predicts your life rather than forcing you to ask things of it all of the time, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in a good battle between the two. So speaking of battles, who wants to see one? (more…)
If you watched the Google I/O keynote from today, then you were probably as blown away as we were with their new Voice Search and Google Now offerings. The Voice Search now responds back to you, provides you with cards that have direct results for what you were looking for, and eventually learns your search patterns so that current and relevant information is always ready.
After spending a few minutes with it, we can easily say that we are impressed. It returned exactly what we were looking for, with the majority of searches coming via cards that are visually appealing. As this new Google Now and Voice Search continues to grow, this may be very useful. Unfortunately for most, this is a Jelly Bean feature that you may not see for a while. (more…)
With the announcement of the iPhone 4S and its Siri voice-integration followed by a couple of rumors that Google with introduce a similar service with Ice Cream Sandwich, we got to wondering how many people are actually interested in this type of software. Android has had Voice Actions for over a year now, but there have been other more advanced options on the market for just as long that don’t seem to get all that much love. With the unveiling of Siri, it seems like now this is the new cool thing because, well, Apple announced it. I personally have used Voice Actions or speech-to-text only when reviewing a service that has them and never in a real life situation other than to show it off as a cool feature to friends or family. I sort of get the feeling that I’m the minority.
Do I need to get with the times? Are highly-advanced voice-integrated services and apps the way of the future? Or are they the next gimmick like 3D on smartphones? Do we really have to watch the world walk around our streets talking to their phones as if they were a personal assistant? Maybe.
We just wanted to quickly share a tip that will enable the new browser-based Voice Search that was announced today by Google. First off, you’ll need the latest version of Chrome in order for this to work (no Firefox or IE support at this time). Once you have that up and running, head over to google.com and sign into your account. After that, you’ll want to head over to this Google Experimental Labs page and click the “Join this experiment” button next to Voice Search. And that’s it! Head back to google.com and try a search by clicking the microphone button. Just try not to do this.
Cheers to @ethankjfan!
Google introduced a string of new features for their mobile search site today, and as you can see in the above image, are essentially just shortcuts at the bottom of the screen to make your searching super fast and efficient. The mobile search will use your location to determine the hottest spots near you and will also include ratings for each, contact information and can even get you directions. While Android users already enjoy these services through Google Maps and Places, you can’t help but toss Google a thumbs up for giving us yet another option. Video after the jump. (more…)
How can you not love April Fools’ Day? We’ve been following along with most of Google’s antics, but this one sure hits home being Android and all. Anyone up for the Pig-Latin update to your Voice Search? This video took some skills. (more…)
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
Cheers rudyt and Adam!
Both Youtube and Google Voice saw updates today and are available in the market right now. Neither are huge, but the Youtube app did enable commenting, subscription viewing from the main page plus some other performance tweaks. The Google Voice update was just a bug fixer according to the description.
Update: Voice Search update also just hit the market. They improved connection errors and contact name recognition. (Cheers Octo!)
Quite the week for Google I’d say.
Cheers Kris and everyone else!