[Google has just launched a new feature for Google Search called Voice Search. It will work with any PC that uses the Google Chrome browser and has a microphone attached to their computer. Has anyone had a chance to try it out yet? It looks like it will have a serious impact on the use of longer phrase search queries since it is easy to say a longer phrase than type it. What are you opinion on this new feature? How will it affect the average length of keywords used in searches?]
There is always a percentage of the population that refuses to adapt and some technologies flop. Perhaps this one will never catch on, but I get the feeling that some people will adapt to this technology, and since it has Web Accessibility implications, I doubt it will ever go away. I can remember wondering who would bother typing a text message on a phone when they could just make a phone call.
Here are some of the things Google claims:
- Hard-to-spell searches
- Makes searching words you’re not sure how to spell quicker and easier.
- Longer searches
- Search long queries, even really, really long queries, just by talking.
- Searches that are just more fun to search out loud
- Now you can ask your computer anything.
- Searching without typing
- Use it in the kitchen, in the garage or anytime your hands might be full.
I saw an ad on Google’s website for this new feature and I posted the display URL from the AdWords Ad. It appears that Google’s advertised URL isn’t live yet. Here’s one that works:
That link you posted is for the mobile voice search, My post was about the desktop voice search which currently is only for the US market and is built into the standard search for anyone using the Chrome browser.
Google’s advertised URL isn’t live yet. Here’s one that is currently working: