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Google’s voice search comes to India
Saheer Karimbayil
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Google has set the path for a new era in the speech analytics by introducing ‘voice search’, which it recently introduced in India. The cities covered by the voice search facility are Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. With this innovation in place, one just needs to speak the search word like hotel or weather into his phone, instead of entering the keywords into a search engine.

The ‘voice search’ uses a combination of automated voice recognition engine and operators to provide this facility. Currently, the automated system offers results in English, but the operator-driven system offers results in only Hindi and Telugu.

Hugo Barra, Group Product Manager, Google Mobile, says, “This is in line with our mission of making information universally useful and accessible, be it at home or on the go.”
Google plans to extend the technology to other cities once it is confident of the quality of its speech recognition technology in any of the regions of the country, since the number of languages and accents in India are very diverse and distinct from each other.
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