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At a press event in New Delhi, Google India announced that the Voice Search feature is now compatible with most Indian dialects. The language option is limited to English, but the voice search engine can transliterate queries posed in Hindi.

Google mentioned that it worked with over 700 volunteers from across the country to dial in the intonation and the "specific language models that power voice search in the Indian accent."

The company said that the volunteers were asked to read popular search queries in a variety of acoustic conditions such as in restaurants, out on busy streets, and inside cars to simulate real-world usage scenarios.

Indian users can now start using voice search effectively by selecting English (India) as the language of choice on any Android device running version 2.3 and above. In addition to enhancing voice recognition, Knowledge Graph has also been improved to show more relevant results.

While Google's voice recognition engine can understand certain Hindi words and phrases, a native voice search for Indian languages isn't available yet.

Sandeep Menon, head of marketing for Google India, stated that enabling voice recognition for Indian languages would be the next step, but hasn't mentioned when such a feature would be available. "We already have search in nine Indian languages. It's not that we have not started recognizing (Hindi phrases) in English voice search itself. At the moment voice search is able to interpret Hindi phrases and transliterate that. It is the logical next step but we never say we will do 'x' in 'y' days."

Are you excited about using Google's Voice Search in India? Let us know in the comments.

Via: The Times of India


Reader comments

Google's Voice Search is now optimized for Indian dialects and accents


Google always recognised my voice prior to this even though I speak with an Indian accent although there was the occasional mistake. Let's hope this means faster more accurate results for us Indians.

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That's interesting. My boss, who's from Gujarat, was telling me a couple of weeks ago about how he stuck with iOS over Android in large part because Siri recognized his voice better than Google Now. He lives in Canada, though, so I wonder if the Android devices he tried didn't have the appropriate voice recognition settings for him activated.

Can I Now Use Google Translate the next time I call a company"s support services and have it translate Indian English to Western English? Not all but like 50% of Indian's have very thick accents.

Heck it would be nice is Google Translate even had voice input for Indian languages! Right now Hindi (which I'm studying) is limited to keyboard input or drawing the script.

Does that mean Apu Nahasapeemapetilon can now use GVS? I hope so. I'd hate to think he still have to use a keyboard for all of his searches.