Tip: Activate Google Voice Search in Browser Now [Off Topic]

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 Introduces New Mobile Site Today, Optimized Tablet Version on the Way (Updated)

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…)

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

Cheers rudyt and Adam!

Youtube, Google Voice and Voice Search Receive Updates (Updated)

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!

Google Launches Series of Voice Search Videos

Google wants to make sure you don’t forget that speech-to-text is one of the most useful features of its mobile operating system by releasing a series of videos which highlight practical and every day uses.  I’ll admit that I forget to use this almost every day, so a big thanks for the reminder Googs.  Now, what’s with the i*hone in half of the videos?  We grabbed 2 that feature a Nexus One below.



You can find the rest of the series at the Google Mobile Youtube channel.

Source:  Google Mobile Blog

Google Introduces New “Voice Actions” for Froyo

In a spurt of the moment press conference today, Google announced a couple of new features for Android 2.2  with the first being “Voice Actions.”  We’ll let Google explain exactly that means…

Voice Actions are a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone using your voice. Call businesses and contacts, send texts and email, listen to music, browse the web, and complete common tasks, all just by speaking into your phone.

Make sense?  Check out the video demo to really get it…

And like the title says, this is only available to those on Froyo meaning that Droid X and Incredible users out there are S.O.L. until we see an update.  Droid 1 users and Droid 2 users though, have a blast!

For the list of commands, check out the official Google Voice Actions page here.

Also with this announcement, you have the option to download a new Voice Search app and a special widget.  Voice search here.  Widget here.

Source:  Google Mobile Blog

Cheers everyone!