earlier i had written an article about google getting a voice search patent. the patent allowed google to allow users to get relevant search results from a relevant set of spoken keywords.
google voice search
surprisingly has been in conception since as early as 2002. the page which is hosted on labs1.google.com which i think is some sort of pre-alpha / pre-beta release site for their software releases, but am not exactly sure and is just a speculation as google's beta testing site is labs.google.com.
on the voice search home page, it says that the demo is currently unavialable, but on clicking the results page i still got the message that sorry no voice search results avialable (though i did not call the number up), which certainly means that the site is not currently avialable and google may be readying it to get launched somewhere shortly.
basically this is how a user could have used the demo to access voice search.
1. pick up a phone and call the number provided.
2. after the prompt say your search keywords to the system.
3. open a link that is provided on the site to see your relevant results
4. say another query and the new window with the search results will be upated with the new results
i will be sort of dissapointed if this is the way they launch the new google voice search as i am expecting something way too better than me having to pick up the phone and call the number.
there are certain ramifications as to how google will exactly base their voice search results on, what about me talking for 2 minutes non-stop which could amount to about more or less about 150 `keywords', how will google voice search cope with that? the maximum words you can currently search with google are 32 for which google will provide you with relevant results.
what about accents? is google voice search going to be able to tackle those.
all is speculation's for now and knowing google, i can say that they will come up with something that will be able to tackle these problems, but you can never say. its better to take the wait and watch path.