Google Updates Voice Recognition for Android, Makes it Personal

December 14, 2010
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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]


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  • Kevin

    OK, so how does someone get this update? I don’t see it on the market. (Droid X, 2.2.1)

  • Evan Selleck

    Find the Google Voice Search app in the Market.

  • P. Weber

    Hmm, I wonder if it’ll work w/tablet devices running 2.2 like the Viewsonic G-Tablet?

  • Craftingdiva

    so frustrating.  will not work on my phone, but will work on my son’s phone.  identical phones purchased at identical time.

  • Chas Ugc

    What’s going to be hot is when this software can protect your phone with voice recognition.

  • Frankmartinez147

    My galaxy S2 does not have anything after block offensive words, show hints or personalized recognition and good accounts dashboard do not show up on my phone settings… is this normal for anyone else? please respond 

  • Shannon Jacobs

    Doesn’t appear to be possible or available now. Is that because the option for personalized recognition is now just the default (and part of the system), because it isn’t available in Japan, or something else? I could not find any Google Voice Search in the Android Market, but there was a Google Search that was (for some reason) waiting for me to update it.