Posted to Ben Finklea's blog on October 25th, 2010

International Voice Search Just Got Easier

If you are an active participant of the smartphone revolution, you are certainly familiar with Voice Search. Just speak your search query into your phone’s Google Mobile app and the search giant’s digital minions race off to search its vast universe of information for as relevant results as any found in a regular browser search. Now Voice Search is even easier for international search.

Google just announced that it has launched its voice search in four new languages: Russian, Polish, Czech and Turkish. Now people who speak these languages can use voice search in their own languages.

Give It Try

Try speaking queries like “концерты Юлии Савичевой” (tour dates for Yulia Savicheva), “przepis na pierogi” (recipes for pierogi), “obrázky Hradčan” (pictures of the Prague castle), or “istanbul hava durumu” (weather in Istanbul).

One at a Time, Please

Don’t try speaking Spanglish (or the European equivalent) into your Voice Search just yet. Right now, the app can only handle one language at a time. If you want to change it up, you’ll need to switch your language settings first.

How to Get Voice Search on Your Smartphone

Voice Search often comes preloaded on new Android devices. If so, just press and hold the search button and speak your query. If you have an Android without Voice Search installed, download the “Voice Search” app from the Android Market. If you own an iPhone or other smartphone, all you need to do is download the free Google Mobile App with Voice Search from http://www.google.com/mobile/.

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