In a recent announcement, Google has said that it has bettered Google voice search to support more and more Indian accents. Though the reply back will be in US English only, but input can now be clearly accepted even in an heavy Indian accent.
Sandeep Menon, head of marketing, Google India, said :
From asking Google where you can watch the latest movie to finding out cricket scores at the touch of a button, Google is there to help you get the answers you need . We’re delighted to showcase the improvements we’ve made to Search for Indian users today. These features demonstrate Google’s commitment to India and to continually improving Indian users’ search experience.
Google had earlier carried out a exercise where it recorded dialects and speaking style of some 700 volunteers to allow it voice search to understand Indian accent, better.
A Google spokesperson said :
We collected spoken utterances to create the specific language models which power English voice search in the Indian accent. Our volunteers are asked to read popular search queries in a variety of acoustic conditions such as in restaurants, out on busy streets, and inside cars, to best reflect real life and the role Search has in helping connect users with relevant information they need to go about their day.
Google’s Voice search, popularly known as Google Now, is not as interactive as Apple’s Siri, or Microsoft’s Cortana. But as far as relevance of information is concerned, it really uses the power of the enormous database, available with Google, which is not available with any other web-based company.