Google India today demonstrated how well its voice search works with Indian accents. While we have been using this feature ourselves a lot for quite a while now, what’s interesting is how Google’s voice search engine can recognize and transliterate Hindi phrases with a great degree of accuracy. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go powered by Intel Jasper Lake Celeron processor revealedAlso Read - Free COVID-19 vaccine: Today’s Google Doodle urges all to get vaccinated, wear mask
To achieve this, Google India says it has over 700 volunteers in India who are asked to read popular search queries in a variety of acoustic conditions such as in restaurants, out on busy streets, and inside cars. The results have been impressive and on a personal note, Google Now and voice search have been compelling reasons for me to shift from an iPhone to an Android smartphone. But what is next for Google’s voice search efforts? Considering that Google’s search engine can understand Hindi phrases, would it be possible to do a voice search in Hindi? Also Read - HP Chromebook 11a review: Great for students, not so for professionals
“Of course, we really want to make web big in India but that won’t happen just with English. We are committed to making search experience in India for all Indian users. We already have search in nine Indian languages. It’s not that we have not started recognizing (Hindi phrases) in English voice search itself. At the moment voice search is able to interpret Hindi phrases and transliterate that. It is the logical next step but we never say we will do ‘x’ in ‘y’ days,” Sandeep Menon, head of marketing, Google India told BGR India.
We have already seen Google voice search working in Hinglish but the biggest play is yet to happen.
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