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Google Beefs Up Voice Search To Make It Faster, Able To Pick Up Your Voice Even In Noisy Environments

26 September 2015, 8:32 am EDT By Dave Calpito Tech Times
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International tech giant Google is making it easier than ever for the users of its Android and iOS mobile applications to utilize its Google Voice Search. Google has recently unveiled a better Voice Search, saying it is now quicker and more accurate than ever, even amid noisy environments.

Google researchers have shared a blog post on the Google Research Blog noting they've officially added a newer technology which touts to offer more accurate transcriptions, faster, as well as better voice recognition.

"Today, we’re happy to announce we built even better neural network acoustic models using Connectionist Temporal Classification (CTC) and sequence discriminative training techniques," writes the team on a blog post with the title, "Google Voice Search: Faster And More Accurate." "These models are a special extension of recurrent neural networks (RNNs) that are more accurate, especially in noisy environments, and they are blazingly fast!"

The blog said that Google incorporated artificial noise and reverb to the training data , enabling the system to better understand users who are using the Google apps while in noisy environments.

The Google Voice Search is now 300 milliseconds faster and boasts a better memory. This means that it can consume larger snippets of audio. The older system would analyze 10-millisecond snippets of audio.

The techniques Google employed to power the Google Voice Search is similar to that which enables the Siri, the Cortana digital assistant of Microsoft, and the voice-controlled devices of Amazon.

Users can already try out the refinement Google made to its Voice Search on both Android and iOS devices now.

In November 2013, we reported the move of Google to roll out the Google Voice Search Hotword (Beta) extension to Chrome, which allowed Chrome users to search using their voice.

Users of the Google app would only need to say the phrases "OK Google" and the feature would begin the search.

"Now you can talk to Google when you're using Chrome. Hands-free. No typing. Simply say "Ok Google" and then ask your question. Note: this extension sends your question to Google only when it hears the phrase 'Ok Google,'" read the overview section of the download page of the said Chrome extension at that time.

Google officially made the Voice Search as a feature inside the Chrome in March 2014.

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