Google Advanced Voice Search for the iPhone!

The New York Times (via Giz) is reporting that Google's love for the iPhone is about to hit epic, Shakespearian proportions with the release of their ground-breaking "advanced voice search" App:

Users of the free application, which Apple is expected to make available as soon as Friday through its iTunes store, can place the phone to their ear and ask virtually any question, like “Where’s the nearest Starbucks?” or “How tall is Mount Everest?” The sound is converted to a digital file and sent to Google’s servers, which try to determine the words spoken and pass them along to the Google search engine.

Will it be perfect? Nope. It will sometimes return nonsense, and indeed the researchers behind it claim it will never reach 100% -- but they're aiming to make it as good as it can possibly be.

This caps off several weeks of Google announcements for the iPhone, of course, including OS 2.2 updates for Street-View, Transit and Walking Directions, and Location Sharing for the Maps App, the release of Google Earth, and an optimized version of the Google Search page for the iPhone.

So, when's this hitting the App Store, and aside from candy, flowers, and a lobster dinner, what could possibly be next?!

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Rene Ritchie

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Google Advanced Voice Search for the iPhone!


When your voice is captured and sent to Google's servers, what happens to it?
Google really does a fantastic job of disguising the data collection abilities of their products. A product like this could capture people's unique voice signatures and store them for later use.

Why is this epic? I had this on my BlackBerry for over a year... Microsoft had a tool. Rarelly used it, but it did work quite nicely.

I ask, "Computer, where did I leave my shoes"
Pleasant female voice says, "The shoes you normally wear are in the holodeck by the door"

Probably the ONE and only thing I missed with the extinct was this feature. But I am with Tyler, can we get some goodies that we want. It seems to me that many are trying to invent new requests for the iPhone when there are many already out there. Oh I don't know is cut and paste, landscape keyboard for all apps, push too much to ask?

I don't normally complain about so called "missing" features, but with more and more provinces (and I'm assuming states) bringing in cell phone driving laws, where is the voice dialing? I want to be able to push the button on my bluetooth and voice dial. I could do it with my old Ericsson (but not with my old Treo - hmmm, maybe we are going backwards).

How are other people here in the UK getting on with it - using proper English seems to be a bit of an issue!