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Android Voice Search Now Recognize Your Voice


Posted on December 16th, by Kim Poh Liaw in archive. No Comments

Made for smartphones running Android 2.2 or higher, Google Voice Search is now available in new version with improved voice personalization. Instead of using a generic voice recognition formula, it can now also learn how you speak and accommodate to your voice for more accurate recognition. Unfortunately, the new version is only released to users in US and support English language for now. You can download the latest version from Android Market.

When we launched Voice Search more than two years ago, we wanted it to “just work” right out of the box, without an initial setup process. And so, we built speech models broad enough to accommodate a wide variety of people, regardless of gender, age, and accents, or variations in pitch, pace, and other factors. But we always knew we could build a more accurate model by listening to your voice, and learning how you — as a unique individual — speak. So today we’re launching personalized recognition.

If you opt into personalized recognition, we begin to associate the recordings of the words that you ask us to recognize with your Google account. We then automatically use these words to build a speech model specifically for you. This speech model enables us to deliver greater recognition accuracy. Although subtle, accuracy improvements begin fairly quickly and will build over time.

The first time you use Voice Search, you’ll be presented with a dialog to turn on personalized recognition. Google takes your privacy seriously, so you can enable or disable personalized recognition at any time through the Google voice recognition settings on your phone. If you’d like to disassociate your voice recordings from your Google Account, you can do so through the Google Dashboard in the Speech section.

[via Google]