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Updated! Google Mobile App Now Includes Voice Search

Update: The App Store is now pushing out the update. Enjoy!

NOTE: If you don't see the microphone icon immediately in the top right corner, tap the Settings button at the bottom right, and switch the slider to "Enabled".

Original post:

Well, it's definitely later than last Friday, but it doesn't look like anyone, including Apple, delayed this long: Google's Mobile App (opens in new tab) (iTunes link) now includes the much talked about Advanced Voice Search feature... sorta.

According to Jeremy, iTunes isn't pushing the update yet, and you actually have to delete the app first if you've already installed it in order to get the latest, greatest, chattiest version on your iPhone. (Yup, you read correctly, this isn't a new App, but an update to Google's existing iPhone search App.)

Of course, I don't have an iPhone right now, but if you do, try it out, ask it just how tall Everest really is, and let us know what kind of response you get!

And for you privacy advocates out there, is the coolness factor of this enough to give Skynet, er... The Matrix, um... Google access to your voice ID?

(Thanks to Trevor, Josh, Craig, Bob, for sending this in!)

Rene Ritchie
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  • This app looks cool. But why isn't the app available at every country? Here in singapore app store there's almost nothing interesting. For example where's diner dash, where's google earth and now where the heck is google mobile app. Oh god I'm so pissed off now.
  • Haven't really tested it yet, but no problem guys.
  • eh its not that good. but the only one of its kind. so it has to do.
  • As of last night the update was not being pushed out. It very well may be today. I just happened to spot it late last night and thought I'd give it a shot. It's "Ok"... I have a issue when I get the results and click on a link all I get is a blank page. Anyone else?
  • The update got pushed to me this morning. It works quite well, but certainly not as accurately as typing. Mostly, I just played around with it with varying degrees of accuracy, but at one point, I used it to find a nearby school, and it worked flawlessly.
  • I just don't see the point of it unless it was built into Safari.
  • I think for what it does, it does it very well...
    Sure you have to repeat or even simplify your search, or choice of wording. It may or may not be perfect as to the standards some may apply or judge it by, but for it being free and a tool that gets the job done I certainly appreciate it.
  • and I can agree and see what it is that @Ted is getting at.
  • I couldn't get it to recognize my voice. Typing was faster for me.
  • What ted said. Google added another feature to a useless app.
  • Actually, Ted, I don't get it. I said the name of the school I was looking for, and was quickly presented with a well-formatted (for the iPhone) list of links, all of which would open in Safari, a map, a clickable phone number, and probably a few other things too (I can't recall). I clicked on the map and Google Maps app opened and gave me the option of giving me driving directions from my current location.
    So what exactly is the problem?
  • This worked great for me. Maybe you're accents are too different than standard broadcast Northern American. The only thing it had a difficult time with is Ethan. I kept getting Easton or Houston. It's overall a wonderful app.
  • You can say things like "15 US dollars to Canadian" and it will convert. Also "1200 times 15" and it'll calculate it. I like the "showtimes" search. I find it faster to say it than to type. It recognizes me fine. I actually find the app quite amazing.
  • Strange but true: none of the Google apps are available in Central Europe. Wake up, Google: we can speak English here!
  • I tried using it underwater and it didnt work. The google people should have know that it wasn't gonna work underwater. Now I can't google underwater.
  • this application is amazing and I saw someone say it doesn't work well to be honest ifbits not working for you maybe your mic is broke cause this thing has been spot on for me every time it's amazing. I showed my mom and she was stunned I don't think she wants a blackberry anymore LOL. But I aslo read that these google apps along with othersbare not available in other countries I didn't know this that really stinks why would they do that?
  • I'm with Mike on this one. It works well and was nearly 100% accurate. The only thing it messed up was when i asked it to find "Temple Thai" it first searched for "Temple Tie." When I added the location "Temple Thai Ballston" it got it straight away. Nice work google. I'm hoping this app isn't more novelty than useful.
  • I use Yahoo! What the hell is Google?
  • I've been using this since yesterday morning. It has had very few incorrect returns. I can see where it will quickly become useful.
    BTW - Mt. Everest is 29,029 feet.
  • I've been playng around with this app. all day and IMHO, it's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen in my life.
    Definitely a "show-off to your friends" feature. ;)