Google’s release of the search-by-voice application on iPhone has received rave reviews and may be indication of how things may finally be coming around for mobile applications. Voice search looks to be the kind of application that will create its niche as a localized search option of choice. The logic being that if I am searching for a restaurant, street or movie, there is a good chance that I don’t have the luxury or time to open my laptop, forget along having net connectivity.
The search by voice application has been found to be fairly accurate. It has also spurred a demand that the basic phone functions should also accept voice input. Interesting thing to note is that Google did not try to make this app available across only the Android based handsets first. Goes to show where they have their priorities (more search eyeballs than people using Android). And the fair accuracy of the service is a significant achievement considering that services get better over time.
Also, the new application fits the first criteria indicated by Google Vice President, Merissa Meyer a couple of month’s back.
First, why couldn’t I do these searches right then, when I needed to? Because search still isn’t accessible enough or easy enough. Search needs to be more mobile – it should be available and easy to use in cell phones and in cars and on handheld, wearable devices that we don’t even have yet.
So, what are the future indications. For one, we can fairly expect Android Software Stack to extend beyond the mobile devices front. A scenario with Embedded Internet access may not be that far fetched in Google’s radar. And yes, to have a link to the Google Voice Application, you can try here.