This past weekend, I had written a post about the delay of the new Google Mobile App. Well after a 4 day delay, this voice recognition tool has finally made it to the App Store. So was it worth the wait? Most definitely. Along with a voice search function, this updated app also includes a rearrangable apps tab for all your google apps, making it easier to find your favorites. Location awareness is also now built in, which will automatically include your current location into searches.
To trigger “listening” mode, no buttons are required. Simply lift the phone to your ear. The accelerometer will sense the movement and the app will be ready for your voice. The recognition aspect worked well for the most part. Saying words like “McDonald’s” or “Starbucks” returned locations closest to where I was. A very handy feature indeed. Asking something like “what is 10 degrees celsius in fahrenheit” will also return the answer to your question.
There were certain words though that google had a hard time recognizing, like “apps” for one. Many attempts at looking up this very blog returned “Touch My Ass” or “Touch My Hat”. All in all though, Google’s voice recognition picked up majority of queries I threw at it.
One slight issue I do have with the app is that when you find what you are looking for and want to click the link, it closes Mobile Apps and opens up Safari. What if the site doesn’t provide you with enough info or you simply want to make another query? You would then need to close Safari and reopen Mobile once again should you choose to search with your voice. It would have been much more productive if Google allowed for web browsing within its own app.
Google Mobile Apps will likely end up being the most downloaded app from the App Store in the near future. With an app that makes searching for anything this much easier, what’s not to like?