No doubt, when it comes to listing or mentioning all the top webhold names all over the world; google will be within the number one on the list of 70% of people. For some, no other name except google when it comes to searching for information on the internet – they only know one name Google.
Google keeps springing up surprises every time and everywhere all over the world. That is a reason they remain the number one on the list of popular ranking websites as the most visited site in the world. The company keeps rolling out useful products and services to improve and ease standard of living for technology lovers, one of such products is Google Voice Search. Ok Google! I want to know more.
Google voice search or search by voice is another Google innovation just like Google image search (or Search by Image). Google’s Search by Voice is a product that allows users to use Google Search by speaking on a mobile phone or computer, i.e. have the device search for data upon entering information on what to search into the device by speaking. Google Voice Search service allows users to make a query using their mobile device or on computer by speaking to the device.
However, Google voice search should not be confused with Google voice (Google Voice is a telecommunications service by Google launched on March 11, 2009), they are two different services. Google voice has been merged with Google now on latest Android OS (Android 4.1).
On 14 June 2011, Google announced at its Inside Google Search event that it would start to roll out Voice Search on Google.com during the coming days. On the 30th of October 2012, Google released a new Google Search app for iOS, which featured an enhanced Google Voice Search function, similar to that of the Voice Search function found in Google’s Android Jelly Bean and aimed to compete with Apple’s own Siri voice assistant.
In August 2014, a new feature was added to Google Voice Search, allowing users to choose up to five languages and the app will automatically understand the spoken language. The Google voice search has been integrated in other Google products such as:
Google Map with voice search: In 2008, Google added voice search to the BlackBerry Pearl version of Google Maps for mobile, allowing Pearl users to say their searches in addition to typing them.
Google Mobile App with voice search: The Google Mobile app for Blackberry and Nokia (Symbian) mobiles allows users to search Google by voice at the touch of a button by speaking their queries. In November 2008, Google added voice search to Google Mobile App on iPhone. With a later update, Google announced Voice Search for iPod touch. On August 5, 2009, T-Mobile launched the MyTouch 3G with Google, which features one-touch Google Voice Search.
Google Voice Search in YouTube: The Voice Search is used on YouTube to provide optional automatic text caption annotations of videos in the case that annotations are not provided since 2010. This feature is geared to the hearing-impaired.
What you can ask Google to do for you
You can use your voice on the Google app or Chrome to do things like search, get directions, and create reminders. For example, say “Ok Google do I need an umbrella tomorrow” to see if there’s rain in the weather forecast. You can say most of the commands in languages supported by google search voice, though, all the commands are not fully working in all the supported languages.
You can use this service to get a lot done either on your computer using Google chrome (the only browser supported by the voice search presently) or mobile devices (Android device, iPhone/ iPad app and Windows 7.5 & 8 devices).
You can use Google voice search to do the following tasks:
On Mobile (Google app for Android and iPhone or iPad app and Google Search app Windows)
- Calendar Events or Reminder: You can use Google voice search to set a reminder, to set alarm, to create Google calendar event and to check schedules.
- Communicate: You can use the Google now on android device to make phone call to friends or family members, to send text messages, check voice mail, to send mail and to post on social media.
- Entertainment: You can use it to search for music, videos or images; and also use it to watch videos or listen to music from Google play on your mobile device
- Travel & Direction: One can use the Google now or Google iphone/ipad app to get directions, to find places nearby or to plan trips
- It can also be used to get facts and quick tips
On Browser (Google Chrome and Maxthon Browser)
- One can use the Google voice search to create Google calendar events
- To set a timer
- To set a reminder
- To call a friend or business partner
- To find movie online
- To find nearby places
- To answer trivia questions
- In translating words or phrases
- To get definition for words
This service is presently supported by only two browsers, Chrome and Maxthon.
The Ok Google (Google voice Search) only supported the following languages:
- English (United States) on www.google.com
- English (United Kingdom) on www.google.co.uk
- French on www.google.fr
- German on www.google.de
- Russian on www.google.ru