Google launches voice search for iPhone

Computerworld (US online) says Google has added voice to its search application for the iPhone. Google Mobile App 0.3.142 can be downloaded free of charge from Apple's App Store.

After launching the application, the user waits for a tone, then speaks normally into the iPhone. In tests, words and phrases were recognised correctly about 80% of the time. Those who've tried it out, predictably enough, had rather mixed results - voice to text is a technology whose progress is marked in very tiny incremental steps indeed.

The new version adds 'Search with My Location,' which exploits the newer iPhone's GPS (older versions use good old triangulation techniques). The Google Mobile App will, for example, narrow searches for 'Italian restaurants' to the user's vicinity.