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Google Voice Search gets personalized recognition

Select Android users will find an improved Voice Search app in the Market, allowing for more precise recognition.

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Voice Search adds a personalized recognition option. Google

Google updated its popular Voice Search application for Android today, allowing for a more personal experience. Users now have the option to turn on personalized recognition within the app, leading to a more accurate transcription and searching algorithm.

According to the Google Mobile blog, the new feature will begin associating recordings of words immediately and then improve them over time. Simply put, the more Voice Search is used, the more accurate it will become.

I should point out, though, that it's not available to everyone. The current version works only for those in the United States running Android 2.2 and above. What's more, the only language supported at this time is English. Expect to see more countries and languages supported in the future.

It will be interesting to see where these tools are used down the road. I can imagine Google Voice transcriptions getting better because of improved tools like this. Where else can you see personalized recognition playing a bigger role?