Google Voice Search (also known as Search by Voice) is a Google technology that allows you to use Google Search by speaking with a mobile phone or with a computer. This technology is available anywhere: you just have to click or tap on the microphone icon in the Google bar and speak out loud your query.
This technology has many upsides. Its main advantage is that you can search hands-free, which means that you can really be multitasking and do whatever you want while Google replies to your questions.
Also, voice search appears to be faster – just because most of the people speak faster than they type. No more typing, hands-free, direct answers: voice search is user-friendly because it really resembles a natural conversation.
When a search is not enough to give you the right answer straight away, Google Actions come handy.
What are Google Actions?
Google Actions are apps that extend the native results of the voice search on the Google Assistant to help users get things done using their voice. Rather than by tapping on your phone as we normally do with Apps an action let us accomplish tasks mainly using our voice through a natural-sounding conversation.
For example, you can ask Google to turn on the light or to play a song, a podcast or a radio channel.
How many languages does Google Voice Search speak?
Once only available for the American English, commands are now processed in 60 different languages, plus their local varieties.
Since August 2014, Google app users can choose up to five languages and the app will automatically recognize the spoken language. This feature is perfect for polyglots who fluently speak more than a language and need to find localized content.
How to select multiple languages on your Google App
To select multiple languages, open the main Google app settings and from there, open the Voice section. The menu item you’re looking for is called Languages. This will open up a new selection menu which contains all the languages supported, each one with a checkbox. You can select up to five of them for your phone to recognize on the fly, but make sure you long-press to pick a default language as well.
Where can you find it?
- Android Devices: Android users can turn on Google Voice Search anytime saying “OK Google“. It can be used to give voice commands to the device, to find any information and to get directions.
- iOS Devices: iPhone and iPad users can activate voice search on Google App saying “OK Google“.
- Chrome: desktop users can activate Google Voice Search on their computers on Chrome browsers.
- Google Maps: mobile users can use voice commands to get directions and other information from Maps.
- YouTube: English-speaking users can use a derivation of Google Voice Search to add text captions on videos.
- Google Home: the newborn home assistant by Google is powered by the same technology.
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Wanna learn more? Watch our webinar
Here at WordLift, we have studied, written and experimented a lot about these subjects. If you need more tips, don’t miss this webinar about the state of Voice Search in 2020 with Maria Silvia Sanna and Georgie Kemp hosted by Authoritas.