updated 10:15 am EST, Fri November 14, 2008
Google iPhone voice search
A new version of Google's dedicated iPhone search application will add voice search, according to reports. Expected to be released later today, v2.0 of the app should allow people to simply speak what they want to find into an iPhone's microphone, and receive a list of results, with suggested interpretations of what a person said. Searches can include both web and contact results, but there are no voice commands in the software for dialing or e-mailing a person. Instead, users must tap on a contact.
Versions of the app with similar functionality should launch for Android and BlackBerry phones in the next few months. Google also recently updated its web formatting for the iPhone, bringing the blue navigation bar to search, and streamlining results to be easier to read and interact with. CNET observes that voice search is not new to the iPhone, as apps like Say Who and Say Where include the feature as well.