Google’s Speech Recognition Fails

November 26, 2008 by reuben | Filed under Google.

I used the Google for Search app on my iphone tonight for the first time. I wanted to look up the names of the three tenors, so I tapped the voice icon and said “the three tenors”. Unfortunately it did not fully understand my accent and instead thought I was wanting to find “history tennis”. My family found it quite amusing when I had to repeat the search with a heavy American accent.

It would be really nice to have a settings option where I can read a passage of text so that it can better understand me. Then at least I wouldn’t have to have to break out the British fake southern American twang in public again.

Anyone else have problems? If so, do you have an accent?

Edit 6/15/2009:
Well it looks like they implemented some updates to their speech recognition so that it also understands British and Australian accents. Well done fellas!


3 Responses to “Google’s Speech Recognition Fails”

  1. Yes, I have indeed heard problems from others. My next door neighbor turned into a ranting maniac trying to get it to work right.

  2. Smith says:

    Man, Your article’s title is ” Google’s Speech recognition Fails”. Do you really think that it is google’s fault. I haven’t used i phone in my life. But I think its problem with i phone not google.

  3. reuben says:

    Smith: Whether the speech to text translation app is run on the iphone, or on Google’s servers, it’s still Google’s application that has problems, not the iphone itself. It really needs to have my speech profile stored with my user account.