A little over two weeks ago my favourite search engine (favourite because I’m too lazy to try the others) rolled out voice search and search by image. I tried them out so that, if you’ve not yet got a chance to use them, you can raise or lower your expectations accordingly 🙂
I wasn’t expecting great success with voice search, considering my Kenyan accent and all. I was pleasantly surprised!
Searches that went well
These were simple queries which yielded what I was looking for as the first result:
The people behind voice search recommend it for recipes:
Conversions worked fantastically!
Be sure not to leave out the word ‘degrees’:
Searches that kind of went well
My search term wasn’t the first, but almost:
I was getting flustered so I went looking for the introductory video I’d watched:
Searches that were epic fails
The nice engineer in the video (or maybe the text on the page, I don’t recall) said that I could do translations with voice search. I beg to differ:
I tried again:
They also said voice search was good for long queries:
Woe is my non-American accent:
How about a long query made up of simple words, in this case the fragment of a hymn that’s been floating through my head?
Here’s what I was searching for: “What more can He say than to you He has said, to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled”.
Just because I could, I tried some foreign place names. I tried to look for this cemetery in Paris.
I searched for this tourist trap with a passable French accent:
My Italian accent is way better than my American one, so maybe I’ll use voice search more when it expands geographically. Or maybe I’ll just stick to typing in stuff.