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Google Mobile App’s Voice Search is here…but is it any good?

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Last night Google’s much hyped update to their Google Mobile App which features an advanced voice search that is supposed to be incredibly accurate. So, after downloading the update, I decided to look around my office and put it to the test.

I tried 10 times to get the App to search for what I was asking for – and here are the results.

1) 47 US Dollars in Euros – Worked – but didn’t do the currency converstion for me, so I tried again.

2) 47 dollars in euros – Worked – and gave me the currency conversion with me having to type in a thing.

3) blogging for dummies – worked

4) Buffy the Vampire Slayer – worked

5) Diet Mountain Dew – Didn’t work – instead it gave me “diagnostic”

6) Diet Mountain Dew – worked – this time a spoke a little slower and it worked just fine.

7) Godzilla Movies – worked – and it even spelled godzilla right.

8) office chairs – worked

9) – worked

10) The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – worked.

I was really impressed how accurate this was. I didn’t expect it to work this well because…well…voice apps usually don’t. It was really great. If you haven’t downloaded this app yet – give it a shot. It’s free…and it’s awesome.

Kokou Adzo

Kokou Adzo

Kokou Adzo is a stalwart in the tech journalism community, has been chronicling the ever-evolving world of Apple products and innovations for over a decade. As a Senior Author at Apple Gazette, Kokou combines a deep passion for technology with an innate ability to translate complex tech jargon into relatable insights for everyday users.

3 thoughts on “Google Mobile App’s Voice Search is here…but is it any good?

  1. it kinda works about only 50-60% of the time. its not perfect but its still better then the other voice apps out there.

  2. It’s interesting to see your results, I too have run similar tests and found that it’s about 80% accurate for my accent. It’s pretty amazing to think it’s that good for no training. Normally I’ve trained voice recognition software for countless hours before I get anything near that level of accuracy.

  3. This is excellent, especially for a first release. Great Job Google!
    Watch the video when you run the updated app. for the first time. The nice feature set is well described.

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