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Google Updates Voice Search for iOS

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Google is updating its voice-based search app for iOS, allowing users to find information by asking it questions.

The Voice Search enhancement is expected to be available soon for both iPhone and iPad running iOS 4.2 or higher. Voice Search for iOS combines Google's existing speech recognition with the ability to interpret natural language for a more comfortable search experience.

Since the Voice Search update understands “natural language” you can ask questions like “What will the weather be like tomorrow?” and your question will be answered by human-like voice. Not only that, your words are streamed back to you as you speak, letting you know that your voice is being recognized.

According to a blog post by Amit Singhal, the accuracy of Voice Search is possible thanks to the Knowledge Graph. The Knowledge Graph is a database of “more than 500 million real-world people, places and things with 3.5 billion attributes and connections among them.” Google uses this information to find results for your questions quickly and accurately.

Check out the promo video for the new updated Voice Search app coming to iOS 4.2 and above.

Enhanced Google Voice Search for iOS

 

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    edgewood112358 , August 10, 2012 4:24 AM
    Very cool! I deleted the google voice search app after they released chrome for iOS, but this looks like a good reason to re-install it. Hopefully it works well though- functionality even close to what's in the add would be phenomenal!
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    aftcomet , August 10, 2012 4:47 AM
    edgewood112358Very cool! I deleted the google voice search app after they released chrome for iOS, but this looks like a good reason to re-install it. Hopefully it works well though- functionality even close to what's in the add would be phenomenal!


    .....You use iOS???

    Leave. NOW.
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    edgewood112358 , August 10, 2012 5:19 AM
    aftcomet.....You use iOS???Leave. NOW.


    Beggars can't be choosers; I got my iphone from one of my friends who was getting the 4S... previously I had a crappy motorola flip phone
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    aftcomet , August 10, 2012 5:47 AM
    edgewood112358Beggars can't be choosers; I got my iphone from one of my friends who was getting the 4S... previously I had a crappy motorola flip phone


    My heart goes out to you.
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    dthx , August 10, 2012 9:42 AM
    If I understand correctly, it works on iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4 as well ;-) models where Apple doesn't support Siri !!! A smart move by Google IMHO ! I wouldn't be so surprised if due to this Apple will soon announce that due to some revolutionary finding by their developers, Siri will finally be supported on "old" iPhones after all (or are they going to abandon the revenue of those searches to google?)
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    dotaloc , August 10, 2012 5:23 PM
    Well played, Google.

    I hope Voice Search for 2.3 (Gingerbread) gets updated, too. I use it occasionally for sending texts and GPS navigation, but natural questions would be convenient.
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    dotaloc , August 10, 2012 7:04 PM
    jacekringGet Iris, it's free from the google app store. It can make calendar appointments, set your alarm clock, send text messages, search for video's, search for anything.
    I feel you, and have tried IRIS, but shouldn't an update that iOS (both current and older versions) users get come to older android devices, too? Before, I thought Voice Search worked better for some things, and IRIS for others...maybe I'll give IRIS a shot for helping with the few things I use VS for.

    Thanks!
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    eddieroolz , August 13, 2012 6:29 PM
    I wonder which does better, Siri or this.
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