Users Have Spoken (or Not): Voice Search Still on the Horizon



Local Mobile Search Advisory
Voice is the arguably the universal "interface" for mobile devices. Recent surveys show that mobile subscribers are interested in speech services such as they are today; nonetheless, there is also evidence a majority don't anticipate future speech applications will transform their mobile Internet experience. Yet current offers by leaders in both mobile search and voice processing have not yet transformed voice into the so-called "killer app." At a recent Web 2.0 conference, Google executives termed speech as "core" to the company's mobile efforts. If that means deeper integration of speech processing with mission critical application logic, search algorithms, content management, identity management and other resources, we will soon see an inflection point in user adoption.

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