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HANDS ON: Google Desktop Voice Search Gets It Right 7 Times Out of 10

Google announced a host of new search features at its “Inside Search” event on Tuesday. On the desktop side, the company announced voice search for Google Chrome and a new search by image feature. We decided to take the Google voice search for a test drive. As you can see in the video, Google’s voice search works quite well. It looks like the same engine that Google has used across mobile devices is integrated with the desktop. Out of 22 attempted searches shown in our video, Google correctly recognized what we were saying 15 times. That puts its accuracy at about 68%. If you don’t count the number of do-overs, however, the accuracy is more in the range of 85%. Google recognizes words, phrases and names, for the most part. However, the search engine does have issues with special characters, unusual names and URLs. One nice feature — you can use the Google calculator feature with voice search. What do you think of Google voice search? Let us know in the comments.

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