Imagine Google Earth with Voice Search

Last night I installed the new “Google Mobile App” on my iPhone to try out the new Voice Search. I was anxious to try it out after first seeing the demo in Google’s announcement video, because this seems like one of those defining moments in technology advancement: combining the ease of voice queries with Google searching with results shown quickly on your phone is just amazing. And, it’s location aware as well, which has all kinds of implications for the GeoWeb. Just imagine if you could do searching with the iPhone Google Earth application? Watch the Google announcement video to see what I mean:


Google’s experiments with 800-GOOG-411 seem to have really paid off with good voice recognition. I had very good success rate with its accuracy – although it still messes up occasionally. What I was really interested in was the possibilities with mapping. You can say “Map <place>” to get an instant map of a place. For example:
“Map of London”
Map of London voice search on iPhone
I hope they voice search enable the iPhone Google Earth application. That would be really cool. And, directions in Google Maps on the iPhone would be really handy. It’s such a pain having to type addresses for directions or search for places when in a car – you either have to stop, or get someone else to do it for you. But, with voice search it could be so much easier. Now, imagine adding voice search to the Google Earth on your laptop/desktop…

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



Comments

  1. This is a big advancement for Google maps. I can’t imagine what it will be like in a few years. This technology is growing exponentially

  2. i love it too!
    but it needs local languages and on top local accents ASAP… i read that a lot of people have problems with their pronunciation of english words if it’s not their mother tongue….

  3. Couldn’t understand why Google was toying around with 411′s, but now it’s all starting to make sense. I second that on the “Map ” thing, and would it be even better if it could show you how to get out of a traffic jam?
    @smokeonit – “but it needs local languages and on top local accents ASAP… i read that a lot of people have problems with their pronunciation of english words if it’s not their mother tongue….”
    - you mean Alabama?

  4. there already is a voice app which works with the google map app on the iPhone. It is called SAY WHERE. Check it out at the iTunes store. It is free.

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