New Version of Google Mobile App for iPhone, now with Voice Search
November 17, 2008
Today Google released an update for its iPhone app that allows people to search on Google faster and easier than ever before. This launch builds on our previous version of the Google Mobile App for iPhone to offer two innovative new ways for users to search the web while they’re on the go: by voice and by location.
With the new version of the app, people can conduct a Google search by simply speaking their query into their iPhones. "Voice Search" uses speech recognition technology to transform spoken words into text and then runs the query through Google web search as if it had been typed manually. Additionally, to provide an even faster and more natural experience, when the app is turned on, Voice Search will detect the phone’s movement and activate automatically when you want to do a search. This feature allows you to naturally bring the phone up to your ear and speak your search into the phone, just as if you were talking on the phone.
This update to the Google Mobile App also uses the iPhone’s location detection to further personalize your search results. Now you can just type (or speak) a query like "pizza," "movies" or "weather" and you will receive results tailored specifically to your current location, without having to include a city or zip code in the search.
The voice and location features add to Google Mobile App’s existing tools that allow people to access all of Google’s mobile services from their phone. To learn more, please visit www.google.com/mobile or download the app from the iPhone App Store by searching for "Google Mobile App."