Google Voice Search

Google Voice Search or Search by Voice is a Google product that allows users to use Google Search by speaking on a mobile phone or computer, i.e. have the device search for data upon entering information on what to search into the device by speaking.

Initially named as Voice Action which allowed one to give speech commands to an Android phone. Once only available for the U.S. English locale – commands were later recognizable and replied to in American, British, and Indian English; French, Italian, German, and Spanish.[1]

In Android 4.1+ (Jelly Bean), it was merged with Google Now.

In August 2014, a new feature was added to Google Voice Search, allowing users to choose up to five languages and the app will automatically understand the spoken language.[2]

Google Voice Search
Google mic
Initial releaseMay 20, 2012
Available inMultilingual
TypeSearch by voice on your mobile phone and desktop PC

Google Voice Search on

On June 14, 2011, Google announced at its Inside Google Search event that it would start to roll out Voice Search on during the coming days.[3][4]

Google rolled out the support but only for the Google Chrome browser .


Google Voice Search was a tool from Google Labs that allowed someone to use their phone to make a Google query. After the user called (650) 623-6706, the number of Google Voice's search system, they would wait for the words Say your Search Keywords and then say the keywords. Next, they would either wait to have the page updated, or click on a link to bring up the search page the user requested. At the moment, both the demo of this service and the page have been shut down. Since the introduction of the service, products from Google, such as GOOG-411, Google Maps and Google Mobile App, have been developed to use speech recognition technology in various ways.

On October 30, 2012, Google released a new Google Search app for iOS, which featured an enhanced Google Voice Search function, similar to that of the Voice Search function found in Google's Android Jelly Bean and aimed to compete with Apple's own Siri voice assistant.[5] The new app has been compared favorably by reviewers to Siri and The Unofficial Apple Weblog's side-by-side comparison said that Google's Voice Search on iOS is "amazingly quick and relevant, and has more depth [than Siri]".[6]

Supported languages

The following languages and variants are partially supported in Google Voice Search:[7]

Integration in other Google products

Google Maps with voice search

In the summer of 2008, Google added voice search to the BlackBerry Pearl version of Google Maps for mobile, allowing Pearl users to say their searches in addition to typing them. See for more information.

Google Mobile App with voice search

The Google Mobile app for Blackberry and Nokia (Symbian) mobiles allows users to search Google by voice at them touch of a button by speaking their queries. See for more information. Google also introduced voice search to all "Google Experience" Android phones with the 1.1 platform update, which includes the functionality on board the built-in Google Search widget.

In November 2008, Google added voice search to Google Mobile App on iPhone. With a later update, Google announced Voice Search for iPod touch. It requires a third party microphone. On August 5, 2009, T-Mobile launched the MyTouch 3G with Google, which features one-touch Google Voice Search.

Google Voice Search in YouTube

Since March 2010, a beta-grade derivation of Google Voice Search is used on YouTube to provide optional automatic text caption annotations of videos in the case that annotations are not provided. This feature is geared to the hearing-impaired and, at present, is only available for use by English-speaking users.[22]

See also


  1. ^ "Introducing Voice Actions for Android in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain". Google Mobile Blog. September 16, 2011.
  2. ^ Moon, Mariella (August 15, 2015). "Google Voice Search can now handle multiple languages with ease". engadget. AOL Tech. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  3. ^ van Vliet, Wouter (Tue June 14, 2011) Blog on about the announcement
  4. ^ Google (Tue June 14, 2011) Official announcement
  5. ^ "Google Search App for iOS Updated with new Voice Search function". Engadget. October 30, 2012.
  6. ^ "Siri vs Google Voice Search - May the Best Robot Helper Win". TUAW. November 1, 2012.
  7. ^ "Google Voice Search". techappsmedia. December 4, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Voice Search in Underrepresented Languages". Google Research Blog. November 9, 2010.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Type less, talk more". Google Blog. August 14, 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Google Blog (August 17, 2012). "Voice Search arrives in 13 new languages".
  11. ^ Google Mobile Blog (October 21, 2010). "Voice Search in Russian, Polish, Czech and Turkish".
  12. ^ "Hvordan slår jeg dansk sprog til i Google Now (Google Nu)?". October 2, 2014.
  13. ^ a b c d Google Mobile Blog (March 30, 2011). "Word of Mouth: Introducing Voice Search for Indonesian, Malaysian and Latin American Spanish".
  14. ^ Rappler (July 15, 2013). "Google Search by Voice in Filipino".
  15. ^ a b c d Google Mobile Blog (June 9, 2010). "Salut! Willkommen! Benvenuto! ¡Bienvenido! Google Search by Voice in French, German, Italian and Spanish".
  16. ^ "Voice Search arrives in the Middle East". Google Mobile Blog. December 5, 2011.
  17. ^ "Teaching a Computer to Understand Japanese". Google Research Blog. December 15, 2009.
  18. ^ ""Annyeong Haseyo! "안녕하세요" to Google Search by Voice in Korean". Google Mobile Blog. June 22, 2010.
  19. ^ "Google Search by Voice Learns Mandarin Chinese". Google Research Blog. November 2, 2009.
  20. ^ "Ig-pay Atin-lay Oice-vay Earch-say". Google Research Blog. April 1, 2011.
  21. ^ "Google Launches Cantonese Voice Search in Hong Kong". Google Research Blog. December 2, 2010.
  22. ^ Warman, Matt (March 5, 2010). "YouTube adds video captions". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved March 7, 2010.

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Alex Graves (computer scientist)

Alex Graves is a research scientist at DeepMind. He did a BSc in Theoretical Physics at Edinburgh and obtained a PhD in AI under Jürgen Schmidhuber at IDSIA. He was also a postdoc at TU Munich and under Geoffrey Hinton at the University of Toronto.

At IDSIA, he trained long short-term memory neural networks by a novel method called connectionist temporal classification (CTC). This method outperformed traditional speech recognition models in certain applications. In 2009, his CTC-trained LSTM was the first recurrent neural network to win pattern recognition contests, winning several competitions in connected handwriting recognition.

This method has become very popular. Google uses CTC-trained LSTM for speech recognition on the smartphone.Graves is also the creator of neural Turing machines and of the closely related differentiable neural computer.

Google Now

Google Now was a feature of Google Search of the Google app for Android and iOS. Google Now proactively delivered information to users to predict (based on search habits and other factors) information they may need in the form of informational cards. Google Now branding is no longer used, but the functionality continues in the Google app and its feed.Google first included Google Now in Android 4.1 ("Jelly Bean"), which launched on July 9, 2012, and the Galaxy Nexus smartphone was first to support it. The service became available for iOS on April 29, 2013, without most of its features. In 2014, Google added Now cards to the notification center in Chrome OS and in the Chrome browser. Later, however they removed the notification center entirely from Chrome. Popular Science named Google Now the "Innovation of the Year" for 2012.Since 2015, Google gradually phased out reference to "Google Now" in the Google app, largely removing remaining use of "Now" in October 2016, including replacing Now cards with Feed. At Google I/O 2016, Google showcased its new intelligent personal assistant Google Assistant, in some ways an evolution of Google Now. Unlike Google Now, however, Assistant can engage in two-way dialogue with the user.

Google Search

Google Search, also referred to as Google Web Search or simply Google, is a web search engine developed by Google LLC. It is the most used search engine on the World Wide Web across all platforms, with 92.74% market share as of October 2018, handling more than 3.5 billion searches each day.The order of search results returned by Google is based, in part, on a priority rank system called "PageRank". Google Search also provides many different options for customized search, using symbols to include, exclude, specify or require certain search behavior, and offers specialized interactive experiences, such as flight status and package tracking, weather forecasts, currency, unit and time conversions, word definitions, and more.

The main purpose of Google Search is to hunt for text in publicly accessible documents offered by web servers, as opposed to other data, such as images or data contained in databases. It was originally developed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1997. In June 2011, Google introduced "Google Voice Search" to search for spoken, rather than typed, words. In May 2012, Google introduced a Knowledge Graph semantic search feature in the U.S.

Analysis of the frequency of search terms may indicate economic, social and health trends. Data about the frequency of use of search terms on Google can be openly inquired via Google Trends and have been shown to correlate with flu outbreaks and unemployment levels, and provide the information faster than traditional reporting methods and surveys. As of mid-2016, Google's search engine has begun to rely on deep neural networks.Competitors of Google include Baidu and in China; and in South Korea; Yandex in Russia; in the Czech Republic; Yahoo in Japan, Taiwan and the US, as well as Bing and DuckDuckGo. Some smaller search engines offer facilities not available with Google, e.g. not storing any private or tracking information.

Within the US, as of July 2018, Microsoft Sites handled 24.2 percent of all search queries in the United States. During the same period of time, Oath (formerly known as Yahoo) had a search market share of 11.5 percent. Market leader Google generated 63.2 percent of all core search queries in the United States.

List of Google apps for Android

e Google Play Store, although some may not show up in search results if they are listed as incompatible with your device (even though they may still function from an *.apk). Some of Google's apps may be pre-installed on some devices, depending upon the device manufacturer and the version of Android. A few of these apps, such as Gboard, are not supported on older versions of Android.

Outline of Google

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Google:

Google – American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products that include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, software, and hardware.

Recurrent neural network

A recurrent neural network (RNN) is a class of artificial neural network where connections between nodes form a directed graph along a temporal sequence. This allows it to exhibit temporal dynamic behavior. Unlike feedforward neural networks, RNNs can use their internal state (memory) to process sequences of inputs. This makes them applicable to tasks such as unsegmented, connected handwriting recognition or speech recognition.The term "recurrent neural network" is used indiscriminately to refer to two broad classes of networks with a similar general structure, where one is finite impulse and the other is infinite impulse. Both classes of networks exhibit temporal dynamic behavior. A finite impulse recurrent network is a directed acyclic graph that can be unrolled and replaced with a strictly feedforward neural network, while an infinite impulse recurrent network is a directed cyclic graph that can not be unrolled.

Both finite impulse and infinite impulse recurrent networks can have additional stored state, and the storage can be under direct control by the neural network. The storage can also be replaced by another network or graph, if that incorporates time delays or has feedback loops. Such controlled states are referred to as gated state or gated memory, and are part of long short-term memory networks (LSTMs) and gated recurrent units.

Samsung Galaxy Express

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Samsung Galaxy Express 2

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Samsung Galaxy Y

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S

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Released in October 2011. The device's primary improvements over its predecessor are a 1.4 GHz Scorpion Snapdragon CPU and 14.4Mbit/s HSDPA, compared to the same model at 1.0 GHz and 7.2Mbit/s HSDPA in the Arc. Aside from the CPU speed upgrade and HSDPA speed upgrade, additional hardware remains unchanged.On 26 July 2012, Sony Mobile Communications officially confirmed via their Facebook page that the Xperia arc S along with the Xperia Mini Pro would not be receiving the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. However, this statement was then retracted and Sony has issued a new statement stating they are investigating the possibility of software upgrades for the two devices. However, as of December 2015, the upgrade has not materialised.

Sony Xperia E1

The Sony Xperia E1 is a low range Android smartphone designed and manufactured by Sony. Under the codename Falcon SS and board Shuang, it was announced on January 14, 2014, along with the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra. Released during the first quarter of 2014, the Xperia E1 has a dual SIM variant named the Xperia E1 Dual.

Sony Xperia E4

Sony Xperia E4 is an Android based smartphone manufactured by Sony Mobile Communications. It is a budget oriented mid-range device with 5" qHD IPS display, a 5 megapixel camera and a 2MP front camera with automatic scene recognition. Like other Sony phones, the E4 has its own OmniBalance dual-layered design. The outermost layer has its own body and the glass screen part has its own division which is enclosed by the outermost layer. The Sony Xperia E4 is a mid range Android smartphone designed and manufactured by Sony. It was announced in February 2015. The Xperia E4 has a dual SIM variant named the Xperia E4 Dual and the Xperia E4 has a kind of LTE Successor which is the Sony Xperia E4g.

Sony Xperia SP

The Sony Xperia SP (codenamed "HuaShan") is a mid-range smartphone from Sony Mobile. It was announced on 18 March 2013. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core processor. It has 1 GB RAM, 8-megapixel camera with Exmor RS sensor and a 4.6-inch reality display with a 720p resolution with Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine 2.

Sony Xperia ZR

The Sony Xperia ZR is a touchscreen-enabled, HD Android flagship smartphone designed, developed, and marketed by Sony Mobile.

The phone was announced by Sony at CES 2013 and was released on 17 May 2013 in Japan. The Xperia ZR was initially shipped with Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) and has been updated to Android 5.1.1 recently. The smartphone has Ingress Protection Ratings of IP55 and IP58, making it dust protected, low pressure water jet protected, and waterproof. Sony's internal test showed that there are no water intrusion after testing Xperia ZR in 1.5-metre of water for 30 minutes. Xperia ZR also features a 13 MP IMX135 Exmor RS camera sensor as well as a HD (720 x 1280 pixels) display, encompassed in Sony's Industrial 'Omni-Balance' Design.

The Xperia ZR is received positively in Japan where it is marketed as Sony Xperia A (SO-04E). In September 2013 carrier NTT DoCoMo released a limited edition of the A called "Xperia feat. Hatsune Miku."

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a 2013 phablet designed and manufactured by Sony Mobile.

Codenamed Togari and marketed as "the world's slimmest Full HD smartphone", it is the first phone that allows users to take notes or draw on with a regular pen or pencil.Like the Sony Xperia Z and Z1, the phone is dust protected, low pressure water jet protected, and waterproof, allowing immersion under 1.5 metre of water for up to 30 minutes (IP55/58), as well as shatterproof and scratch-resistant, making it the world's thinnest IP certified smartphone.

Speech recognition

Speech recognition is the inter-disciplinary sub-field of computational linguistics that develops methodologies and technologies that enables the recognition and translation of spoken language into text by computers. It is also known as automatic speech recognition (ASR), computer speech recognition or speech to text (STT). It incorporates knowledge and research in the linguistics, computer science, and electrical engineering fields.

Some speech recognition systems require "training" (also called "enrollment") where an individual speaker reads text or isolated vocabulary into the system. The system analyzes the person's specific voice and uses it to fine-tune the recognition of that person's speech, resulting in increased accuracy. Systems that do not use training are called "speaker independent" systems. Systems that use training are called "speaker dependent".

Speech recognition applications include voice user interfaces such as voice dialing (e.g. "call home"), call routing (e.g. "I would like to make a collect call"), domotic appliance control, search (e.g. find a podcast where particular words were spoken), simple data entry (e.g., entering a credit card number), preparation of structured documents (e.g. a radiology report), determining speaker characteristics, speech-to-text processing (e.g., word processors or emails), and aircraft (usually termed direct voice input).

The term voice recognition or speaker identification refers to identifying the speaker, rather than what they are saying. Recognizing the speaker can simplify the task of translating speech in systems that have been trained on a specific person's voice or it can be used to authenticate or verify the identity of a speaker as part of a security process.

From the technology perspective, speech recognition has a long history with several waves of major innovations. Most recently, the field has benefited from advances in deep learning and big data. The advances are evidenced not only by the surge of academic papers published in the field, but more importantly by the worldwide industry adoption of a variety of deep learning methods in designing and deploying speech recognition systems.


The word twat is widely used as a derogatory epithet, especially in British English, referring to a person considered obnoxious or stupid. It is also used informally as a verb in British English to mean "to hit or punch a person". In British English and Commonwealth English, it is pronounced to rhyme with that, or sometimes , to rhyme with hot. In North American English, it is pronounced , to rhyme with squat. Twat is also used in British English as vulgar slang for the vulva or female genitals in general.

Voice search

Voice search, also called voice-enabled, allows the user to use a voice command to search the Internet, or a portable device. Currently, voice search is commonly used in (in a narrow sense) "directory assistance", or local search. Examples include Google 411, Tellme directory assistance and's 1-800-YellowPages.

In a broader definition, voice search include open-domain keyword query on any information on the Internet, for example in Google Voice Search, Cortana, Siri and Amazon Echo. Given that voice-based systems are interactive, such systems are also called open-domain question answering systems.

Voice search is often interactive, involving several rounds of interaction that allows a system to ask for clarification. Voice search is a type of dialog system.


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