At a special mobile applications presentation held yesterday, Google announced the availability of their new mobile voice search application for Android devices.
Android devices already had access to a basic Google voice search button, but this new application really improves upon that. With Voice Search you have access to the following:
- Voice actions (call, search, control, communicate)
- Send and dictate text messages
- Navigate to spoken destinations and points of interest
- Make calls to contacts and search queries
- Send and dictate email messages
- Request local maps and searches
- Browse to sites
- Send notes to yourself (in email)
Being the nerd I am, I spent a good portion of the morning playing around with these, and I’m really impressed how accurate it is. Despite my weird Scottish/Dutch/American accent, Google managed to accurately determine what I was trying to say almost every single time.
On the road, having access to hands free searches is awesome – and because Google search can understand so many phrases, you can even ask it math questions, translations, flight status information and currency conversions.
The new Voice Search app is in the Android Market – just search for “Voice Search”.