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"Inside the Mind of Google". At first, I didn't think much of it, but been about Google, I kept on watching, but well into the show, something really caught my attention: Google Visual Search for Android. When I heard Maria Bartiromo saying “Google is working on Google Visual Search, a mobile application that lets users take a picture of a location from their Android-powered smartphone and trigger a Google search that pulls up information associated with the image." My mind just went crazy thinking of all the possibilities that this could open up. As you will see on the video below, the person testing GVS takes a picture of the Santa Monica Pier entrance and voila! The service gives him within seconds, an audio-visual narrative explaining the image. The GVS is not ready for Prime time just yet, according to Google, but it is coming to Android, and have no doubt about it. I didn't record the show, but I found part of it on youtube, enjoy. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6tT3JGV1iY&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]
voice-controlled searching to the T-Mobile G1, part of the new feature set introduced in the latest firmware update. The widget has been integrated into both the Android browser and the home screen search bar, in the form of a new microphone icon. Tapping the icon brings up a "Speak now" prompt, at which point you can search for multi-word terms. If the app doesn't correctly recognize your voice, you can also choose the arrow to the right of the search box and see a drop-down list of other suggested interpretations. The Google Android team claim to be working on refining the recognition algorithms for future updates. The functionality also works within the Android browser, and can be accessed by choosing Menu > Search and tapping the microphone icon. Unfortunately the new functionality is currently only available in the US, with the RC-33 firmware rolling out over this coming week. Have you tried voice-controlled searching on the G1? Impressed or disappointed? [gallery]