Voice Search

What Does Voice Search Mean?

Voice search is a speech recognition technology that allows a user to perform a search via a voice command. Although designed to be a software application, voice search also may be used as a service by smartphones and other small Web-enabled devices.

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Voice search is also known as voice-enabled search.

Techopedia Explains Voice Search

Voice search applications include:

  • Application launch
  • Option selection
  • Audio/video content search
  • Handsfree voice dialing
  • Stock quotes/sports score accessibility
  • Directory assistance or other local searches, such as Google 411 and Yellowpages.com

Voice search also facilitates multiple rounds of interaction during automatic system clarification requests. Voice search is considered an open-domain question-answering system because of its interactive nature.

Voice search products include Google Voice Search and iPhone Vlingo.

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