Australians have the second highest smartphone penetration in the world (second only to Singapore) but at the same time, Australia has the lowest usage rates of Google Voice Search despite the fact that Google Voice Search understands Australian accents.
In order to understand the reasons of this lowest usage rate, the voice search team conducted a series of experiments in remote Australian locations — the middle of the South Australian desert and tested a long distance voice search – 50 metres away from the phone!
Here’s Australian desert adventure:
And, in this video, another Google engineers went up north to the beautiful Great Barrier Reef, to test Google Voice Search underwater.
“Google Voice Search app lets you search the web and your phone by voice and control your phone with Voice Actions. Quickly search your phone, the web, and nearby locations by speaking, instead of typing. Call your contacts, get directions, and control your phone with Voice Actions.”
You can use Google Voice Search on Android phones by pressing the microphone button on the homescreen or downloading the app from the Android Market. You can also download the app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad from the iTunes App Store.