~Google for iPhone is Listening
Posted by John Kendrick on November 18, 2008
The latest update to Google for iPhone includes voice recognition, and my initial testing reveals that it does a very good job. One caveat, is that though you can set an option to search contacts, it doesn’t seem to work, even though you can type a portion of a contact name and it finds those that match right away.
That being said, this app is nothing short of a groundbreaker for smartphones, if for no other reason than the breath of question types that return the expected results. I might even call this downright trecky, as Spock would say, “computer on” – is that what he said?
Here’s a list of questions I asked my iPhone, (spoken questions are in bold) and the responses that were returned by the Google app.
- GTD Workflow Diagram – Google responded with three images and links to David Allen’s Web site.
- Books Getting Things Done - Google returned a link to David Allen’s book on Amazon.
- USB Extender - Google correctly returned search results for the item requested.
- Define ASP – Google returned “Application Service Provider” and several links to definitions.
- Define Kerning – Google returned, “the amount of space between text between fonts.”
- 3814 divided by 60 – Google responded 63.5666667.
- Square root of 89 – Google returned 9.43398113
- How many feet in a mile – Google responded 5280.
- How many cups in a gallon – Google returned, 16 U.S. Cups.
- 50 US dollars to Euros – Google responded, 39.622791 Euros.
- 400 Washington Avenue 21204 – Google returned a map to the location.
- Panera Bread – Google provided address, telephone number and map to the Panera nearest my current location, along with a clickable phone number.
- Safeway – Google provided address, telephone number and map to the Safeway nearest my current location, along with a clickable phone number.
- Stocks Apple – Google returned the latest quote and chart summary.
- Picture of Golden Gate Bridge – Google returned two images and links for the GGB.
- New York to Los Angeles – Flights from NY to LA from Expedia
- Movies – returned a list of movies and local showtimes.
- Movies Quantum of Solace – returned local theaters and showtimes for this movie.
- Froogle waterski – returned a link to shopping results for waterski.
- Entered friend’s name, city and state – returned full name, complete address and phone number.
Area and Zip Codes
- Area Code 443 – returned Baltimore, Maryland with a link to show a map of the area code.
- Zip Code 21144 – returned Severn, MD and a map of the locale.
This was enough for me to proclaim this app a winner. Of course, depending on an individual’s voice, results may vary. And here’s hoping Google gets the voice activated contacts working real soon. Thanks for reading, John.