Google researchers have added sophisticated voice recognition technology to the company’s search software for the Apple iPhone. With the new Google iPhone application, that’ll be available for free download at Apple iTunes store from Friday onwards, users can place the phone to their ear and speak their search query into the phone, rather than having to type it out.
“The sound is then converted to a digital file and sent to Google’s servers, which try to determine the words spoken and pass them along to the Google search engine.
The search results, which may be displayed in just seconds on a fast wireless network, will at times include local information, taking advantage of iPhone features that let it determine its location.”
Google built a sophisticated platform for text-to-speech and speech recognition using data from GOOG-411 and we can already some of its applications in Mobile Google Apps, YouTube and in this updated Google Mobile App for iPhone.