Google Voice Search Improved

Google has offered voice search for some time, but a new, improved version will let you talk back to the search engine giant. The new talk search will most likely have the microphone on your device on awaiting your command of “OK Google” to initiate a voice search.

Voice Search

The capability now of having one voice search at a time will be replaced with the ability to have an actual conversation with Google. The description below is from the Google blog post about this innovation:

Soon, you’ll be able to just say, hands-free, “OK Google, will it be sunny in Santa Cruz this weekend?” and get a spoken answer.

Then, you’ll be able to continue the conversation with Google and just follow up with “how far is it from here?” if you care about the drive or “how about Monterey?” if you want to check weather somewhere else, and get Google to tell you the answer.

See, it’ll understand where you are, so “here” is already known without having to say a place name. Of if you just searched for “weather,” then it can guess that you want weather for another city even if you don’t say the word “weather.”

The actual release date of this product should be available soon.

Bottom Line: Google has been the search leader for some time. Addressing the threat of Siri, which bypasses Google search results entirely for some search terms, will allow Google to use this voice search option and provide an answer to the search volume that may be lost to searches in Siri.

Eric Van Cleave is a Partner in Zenergy Works, A Santa Rosa, California based Local SEO Services, Online Marketing and Website Design and Development Firm.

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