Voice search technology has developed rapidly in the last 5 years. In ages past, the technology was limited and the underlying speech recognition software was rudimentary. This meant that the devices struggled to interpret what we were saying, and using such technology was mostly a waste of time.
Fast forward to today and the same technology now works beautifully! The speech recognition software has been drastically improved and voice search functionality is now something that can truly enhance our lives. Young people are especially partial to the advantages of voice search, and according to Harsha from SEO Tribunal, an entire 35.8% of millennials use it on a regular basis.
The following are some of the ways in which this technology is being used.
Mobile Phone Navigation / Searching
One of the most prominent ways that voice search technology is used is through mobile phones. Most modern smartphones have voice search functionality. Apple’s iPhone, for example, has the speech recognition AI technology known as Siri, and Android and Google phones have Google Assistant which works in a similar way. Consumers can use this technology to search the phone or to search the internet for practically anything they want.
Automobile Central Console Navigation
Practically every modern vehicle now has a central console that provides functions such as navigation, entertainment, and other settings. Some of these consoles can actually be controlled by voice search/speech recognition technology.
You can activate the voice search function by pressing a button (usually on the steering wheel) and then speak to your car to change radio stations or even use your in-car hands’ free system for your phone.
Finally, we have smart speakers. You will have undoubtedly heard of devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home Bot. These speakers are home assistants that you can speak to and perform searches to find out information on the web.
Furthermore, you can use speech recognition to add items to your calendar, create appointments and reminders, and even play music or create playlists.
As you can see, voice search technology really has taken off in a great way and we should only see an increase in its usage in the future as developers create new and interesting ways to utilize speech recognition.