Speak now

You may have heard about it last week, and now you can try it out for yourself. The new Google Mobile App with Voice Search is now available for the iPhone. You can read about it (and watch a couple of videos) on the Google Mobile Blog and the Google Mac Blog. The big advantage of this update is that it can be faster to speak than it is to type on a mobile device, and I’ve found that to be true.

For example, let’s say you’re about to call home from a different time zone and aren’t at your computer. Just say: “Time in New Hope, PA.” Or, if you’re in the kitchen and your hands are too messy to touch that precious laptop: “12 ounces in cups.”

There are also queries where it’s nice to have Voice Search even if you don’t mind typing:
Punxsutawney, PA

And in case you didn’t know, even if you don’t have an iPhone, you can still talk to Google and call businesses for free (in the US and Canada) by dialing 800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411). If you want to be a power user of the service, check out these tips.

Update: On the company-wide blog as well.


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