Google Voice Search – Now talk to your Search Engine

Google has had a pretty big year in terms of improvements. First, they introduce +1 and now they introduce voice search for desktop. While voice search has been a big part of Android for years, desktop users have had to stick to typing. Google used all of the voice data it has been collecting on Android to hone desktop search into a well-oiled machine.

The effectiveness of voice search is surprisingly good. Google is leading the pack when it comes to voice recognition. Despite trying to stump it with uncommon words, out of the 50 or so times I used voice search it only misheard me twice. This includes searches involving names and book titles. It’s clear that Google has been putting all those mobile voice searches to good use.

In order to use Google voice search, you need a computer with an Internet connection and a microphone. Most laptops ship with a microphone built in. Once you have your microphone hooked up, navigate to Google.com. You should notice right away a little microphone icon in the far right of the search bar. Clicking this icon allows you to speak into the microphone. Simply say what it is your searching for. For example, “sporting good store nearby” and it should automatically search for you. You can choose to send data about what you’re searching for to Google to help them improve the service. So far it is working great and in time, it’s sure to get even better. You can try it out for yourself right now at Google.com.

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Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and recent graduate of Elon University. She is currently a resident blogger at Online Degrees, where recently she’s been researching the very best paying degrees and blogging about student life. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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