Voice assistance is nothing new, but it has never been as loud as it has been since the launch of Siri on the iphone 4S. Siri is different, thanks to its ability to understand questions before responding and even sustain a conversation.
With Siri gaining in popularity, other device makers are likely to follow suit. It is expected that some new applications will be voice-triggered.
With the proliferation of Android, IOS and Windows Phones, voice search gained a lot of ground in 2011. “Google Voice Search for mobile phones is now available in 27 languages and dialects, and we made 20 of these available in the past year,” says Amit Singhal, Google Fellow. “We estimate that about two-thirds of the world’s population, about 5 billion people, are able to use Voice Search. We’ve seen a 6X growth in spoken inputs in the past year, and every day, we receive more than two years of non-stop speech input.”
But will voice be limited to search? “We’re integrating speech recognition technology into lots of other Google products, from auto-captions on Youtube, to voice search on desktop in Chrome, to voice navigation in Google Maps for Mobile,” says Singhal.the goal is to make speech recognition available wherever and whenever you want it — anytime you’d want to type, you should be able to speak if that’s what you’d prefer. That’s a really ambitious goal, but it’s the long-term vision that motivates the companies.