Google Voice Search gets personal

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Google’s Voice Search app is getting a personal touch for owners with handsets running Android 2.2 or above. As well as allowing you to search though your phone using only your voice, Voice Search will now be more accurate thanks to it’s ability to recognise the unique quirks of your voice.

“The first time you use Voice Search, you’ll be presented with a dialog to turn on personalized recognition,” says Google on their blog.

“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.”

Currently only available for English speaking users in the US, you can pick up the updated version of the app by clicking here and scanning the QR barcode that pops up.

Gerald Lynch