voice search

Google applies for patent, brings voice controls to Google TV

Google has some big plans for Android and our homes. With lots of discussion lately of a Android@Home project under way and more we are now seeing some information that Google has applied for a patent to bring Voice actions and Siri-like voice controls to our living rooms and Google TV. Put down that remote, let Google and Android do everything for you.

The latest Siri clone, Evi, is actually worth checking out

There's a new contextual AI voice app out there to take on the likes of Apple's Siri. No, wait! Don't touch that tab bar! There have been a lot of these lately, especially on Android, but Evi is actually worth your time. The new app uses some of the same algorithms and data sources as Apple's hyperbolic app, giving some impressive results using Android's native voice search and text-to-speech engines. You can download the beta app in the Android Market now.

Google’s official Siri fighter codenamed Majel, Trekkies switch to Android at Warp 9

Remember when that Google executive compared iOS' Siri voice control implementation to the bumbling droids of Star Wars, and Android's voice input to the Enterprise's computer on Star Trek? Someone in Mountain View took that analogy quite literally. Android and Me quotes insiders that say Google is preparing a natural language update to Android's Voice Actions feature, and they've codenamed it Majel, after the late great Majel Barrett-Roddenberry.

Google Voice Actions for Android hits Europe [Video]

Google has extended Voice Actions for Android to users in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, with the voice-command service now supporting local languages in each country. Launched in the US last year, the newly extended system allows to you start a new SMS message, call contacts, navigate to websites and do other things, all by simply speaking to your Android device. Voice Actions now recognizes British English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, and is compatible with Android 2.2 devices and above. After triggering the voice search by holding down the dedicated search button, tapping the homescreen microphone button or loading the app itself, you can choose from seven different commands:
  • send text to [contact] [message]
  • call [business]
  • call [contact]
  • go to [website]
  • navigate to [location/business name]
  • directions to [location/business name]
  • map of [location]
Meanwhile, voice-led searching is still supported. You can download the new version from the Android Market. [youtube HsI76lrvJt4]

Vlingo Update Available, Shiny New UI and 7 New Languages Added

Have you ever used Vlingo before? If not you should definitely check it out. It is the most popular Voice assistant app on the market second only to Google Voice. With Vlingo you can send text messages, search and get directions, open Google Maps and other apps, and even make phone calls. It really does just about everything you can think of, and all just by using your voice.

Google Updates Voice Recognition for Android, Makes it Personal

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.

Google releases Voice Search Videos

Google has gone and released some videos showing some interesting ways and situations to use their Voice Search feature that has been available since 2008. These videos provide a good reminder to all of us the real usefulness of the Voice Search feature that many of us forget to use, but Google sees it as a major feature of their famed mobile OS.
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