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Google Voice for Android gets “personalised recognition”

Google Voice for Android gets “personalised recognition”

Google has updated its popular Voice Search application for Android to allow users to train the software to understand their own voices. So at long last, Scots and Geordies alike can get in on the fun, too.

Up until now, users have had to adjust their own voices to get the app to work, which often leads to a frustrating and embarrassing experience for those with a heavy accent. By opting for “personalised recognition” in the settings, users will now be able to tailor the app to suit their own speaking style.

Essentially what it does is record the words you speak and associate them with your Google account “to build a speech model specifically for you”. Over time Google will be able to refine the accuracy of the application to recognise even the subtlest differences in pronounciations.

The update can be downloaded right now from the Android Market but is currently only for phones running Android 2.2, AKA Froyo, or higher.

Google plans to expand the service to non-English languages in the near future.

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