• Guy Hadas

    That is really amazing…

  • http://www.sowhatmedia.co.uk/ Tom Roberts

    That’s pretty freaking cool. One of those things you think about as a kid actually becoming a reality.

    Nice Jif to go with it too, Danny.

  • Alan

    This is the end
    Beautiful friend
    This is the end
    My only friend, the end

  • http://www.spinxwebdesign.com/ Alan Smith

    Need to test for accuracy :)

  • http://www.contentwriter.com.au/ Micky Stuivenberg

    Cool. Funny, too. Google knows the answer to “where am I” but when I asked “who am I”, all the results were about amnesia. :)

  • http://www.davidveldt.com/ David Veldt

    A beautiful JIF, indeed.

  • Ionut Claudiu Danet

    Is not working (yet,maybe), I keep getting the message “No Internet Connection” !

  • http://www.fitwatch.com/ Suzanne

    The ‘how tall is he’ query didn’t work for me (after asking Obama’s age).

  • http://twitter.com/psp2roundup PS Vita Roundup

    Anyone else solved the “No Internet Connection” issue? The restarting Chrome tip isn’t working…. http://www.cmswire.com/cms/customer-experience/pc-users-can-talk-to-chrome-while-google-gets-a-mobile-browser-update-021016.php

  • Cyman/Jarvis System

    Our app, Cyman Mark 3 is already doing this on Chrome. Search for the demo video on Youtube. We also have an Android digital butler, Cyman Mark 2. Cyman is inspired by Iron Man’s J.A.R.V.I.S

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    Sometimes it won’t, as I said. Sometimes you also have to go back to the Google home page and start again. It’s definitely got bumps.

  • BenBarreth

    I’m guessing this is another step to get Google searches ready for full Glass integration.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robcolbert Rob Colbert

    That would be the logical next step. But, as I think about that, I’m not sure I want to be walking around all day blurting out Google searches while looking like I’m having a conversation with my imaginary friend at the age of 40. People tend to find themselves in padded rooms after doing that sorta stuff.

  • Matt McGee

    Hehehe. Yes, but people said the same thing about the mobile phone 20-30 years ago. “No way I want to walk around holding a phone to my head.” :-)

  • http://www.about.me/liamdaly Liam Daly

    same here, it worked once now I get No Internet Connection error.

  • knowledgenotebook

    search results should be presented in audio as well… and navigation by audio too… maybe that’s Google’s next step for this cool feature…

  • Zach Griffith

    Just the other day I saw one of those Facebook rants that supposedly came from Bill Cosby titled: “I’m 83 and I’m tired”. I thought to myself “Is he really that old?”. So naturally I decided to try out the voice activated search on my new Nexus 4 to get to the bottom of it. My device replied with: “Bill Cosby is 75 years old”.

    At the end of the day, the info being distributed was false and there are a number of ways to come up with that conclusion. The key is that I simply spoke to my device just as I would question a friend and it gave me exactly what I needed.

    Now that I know this is a subject based query session, it’s like a whole new world has been opened up!

    P.S. Sure wish Google had a voice-over style selection for the responses :-)

  • http://www.ihsekat.com/ Takeshi Young

    The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed yet…

  • Donald McIntyre

    The last 2 weeks I used the Google Search app (is this what they call Google Now? why two names?) on my android phone while on a road trip to 8 cities on the west coast. It was amazing to ask things like “driving distance between San Diego and LA” or “Starbucks near me” or just “traffic” and it spoke to me.

    What I can’t wait for is all search products (web and apps) to be synchronized so its one regardless of device and that I talk to them without pressing the mic button first or without having to open an app or browser.

    I want to talk to the computer and ask things like:

    “what’s Joe’s phone number?”
    “open clients file”
    “go to amazon”

    If this already exists sorry!!

  • ajackley

    The possibilities are even more exciting when you think of this enabling assistive devices. Why speak when you can type? I bet the 6 million+ people in the US with visual disabilities can answer that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/henry.higgins.77 Henry Higgins

    If you ask “Who is Steve Ballmer?” the name gets transcribed as ‘Balmer’ and Search has to correct itself. {chortle}

  • http://susanais9.spaces.live.com susanai

    Where’s my mic????

  • http://www.reallygoodseo.co.uk/ Kate Tolley

    I asked it “What is your name?” and it rather delightfully quoted Shakespeare at me (“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”).

  • http://www.facebook.com/terrence.a.davis1 Terrence Andrew Davis

    How tall was Jesus? God says…

    23:52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
    23:53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a
    sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.
    23:54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.
    23:55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed
    after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
    23:56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested
    the sabbath day according to the commandment.
    24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning,
    they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had
    prepared, and certain others with them.

  • http://charliesaidthat.com/digital charliesaidthat

    Damn, this is really cool. Really will start to make SEO even harder if they started tying together previous and related “conversational” but typed searches too. Wow.

    Means understanding your customers thought processes is going to become even more important. *love*

  • jasondeegan

    Thanks for taking another opportunity to jam the liar in chief in front of us associated with Google. Super.

    Oh, and how is there no mention of Siri and how it compares?

  • Mindy Johnston

    my galaxy s3 has talkback! works just as it does in chrome.

  • theBrarian

    Marcia Bates’ berrypicking of search comes to the conversation. I like this first step.

  • Tim Finin

    I can’t get the example of a follow up question to work in my up-to-date version of Chrome on a macbook, either by voice or text. Asking “How old is Barack Obama” got me the answer shown, but when I immediately followed with “How tall is he”, no linking of he to Obama was done. The top hit was about Tom Cruise’s height.

  • http://twitter.com/ErikAtPlanLeft Erik Nelson

    Just updated. Thanks for the heads up Danny, great piece- retweeted it out.

  • Kyle Lyles

    Doesn’t work for beans for me. Asus UX 51 laptop accuracy is 95% accuracy, even in noise.

    Sorry, but this is a miss.

  • Kyle Lyles

    You miss that there are no facts about Barry Soetoro out on the Internet. Der propaganda ministry haft done their job!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dagfinn-A-Mork/1052784090 Dagfinn A. Mork

    I am on version 27.0.1453.94 m and it reads as being up to date. However, when asking as the article starts with I get the English wikipedia article about Obama announcing his candidacy for president. Second I get something fro theonion.com and so on.

    Seems to me that not all is in order …

  • Marissa Marsala

    Well worth reading and very well written! VERY cool!

  • Stompey

    I think most people don’t realize how much Google innovations have helped our lives. This is a pretty amazing leap forward. That being said, as a Google Voice user I’m guessing that a lot of my searches will wind up being something like “my hovercraft is full of eels” when transcribed by Google Voice technology.

  • Toby Mole

    Doesn’t seem to be working too great outside of the US (or maybe just in my location) when I ask where am I it gives the wrong answer. When I ask about Barak Obama’s age it works but if I then say “how tall is he” it gives me webpages about tom cruise…

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  • http://www.dofollowuntacticcal000.com/Alternative_Fuels/Alternative_Fuels.html.htm Frank Burns

    Google developers certainly have upped the ante with Search, and if you really wanted more Information on the president’s of the United states; http://www.nndb.com/group/750/000091477/

  • lorraine reguly

    Wow, what an informative article about Google. It really packs a punch!

    Ahem. Is that the next thing Google will do, now that it can talk? LOL

  • lorraine reguly

    Does this work for laptops? Enlighten me, please!

  • http://www.applicationporting.org/ CHEETALM

    Wow i will try it too

  • minifi

    My thoughts exactly, this has been working with Siri for a rather long time.

  • nagleonce

    Question-answering systems go back a long way. Bobrow’s BASEBALL program could answer simple English language questions about baseball statistics fifty years ago. (Yes, 1963.) Wolfram Alpha attempts to answer questions about objective facts, and is used to drive Apple’s Siri.

    As for something that’s always listening, that was done quite well with Wildfire, the advanced phone system from 1994. If you said “Wildfire” during your phone call, a perky voice answered “Here I am”, and would then take simple phone-related commands. What made it work was that it consistently responded in half a second. The effect was a quick, perky assistant. What made it fail is that it took too much computer power per phone line to do that in the 1990s, resulting in a monthly charge of around $40 per month. Microsoft bought into the technology in 1997, and Orange bought the company in 2000, but it was too early.

    Google isn’t being original here, just cost-effective. Which is more useful in some ways.

  • http://www.robertwent.com/ Robert Went

    Google now is different to Google search.
    It comes built in to Jellybean devices and brings up relevant ‘cards’ withut even searching.