Voice recognition is a bold place for companies to focus on. There’s a lot that goes into making sure that your phone is able to actually figure out what you’re saying, and make the results make sense for what you’re trying to do. Hurdles to making sure this happens correctly, and every time, include a wide assortment of variables, including the fact that no one actually sounds the same as someone else. Especially when you look at accents, male or female, and plenty of other considerations. But Google is hoping to make it better, as they’re focusing on the personal aspect of voice recognition with this latest update to the Android Voice Recognition platform.
The update now includes a tool that users can access when they want, and literally train their Google Voice Recognition to work better with their personal voice, intonations, and such. This means that the voice recognition software will be able to determine your particular accent (versus everyone else’s), speech pattern, and speech style. Slowly but surely, the voice recognition software will be able to recognize your particular voice, and be able to work better each time you use it.
Google wants to make it as personal as possible, so with that in mind, users will have to opt-in to make use of the new technology. It will be tied to your account, along with all of the data it collects. As of right now, the new software is available for Android handsets running Android 2.2 or 2.3 (through the Google Voice Search app, in the market), and it’s available only to English speakers in the United States.
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[via Google Mobile Blog]