You might remember this video from the summer of last year, where Canadian tech enthusiast Jean-Louis Nguyen put Google’s voice search functionality through more than 40 queries.
If you thought that video was impressive, the next video will probably blow your mind. Nguyen is back at it with 35 new challenges that our favorite search engine passes with flying colors. This new video is focused on the functionality that Google added over the past 12 months, including stuff like nutritional information for food, traffic information, business hours, phone numbers, and setting reminders.
Perhaps the most impressive ability of Google voice search is the capability to recognize that the user is referring to a topic touched in a previous query. For instance, in the video Nguyen ask Google who is the mayor of Chicago, and then proceeds to ask about “his” age, rather than formulating the question like “How old is Rahm Emanuel?” This might look like a small feature, but conversational search is a big step towards having a virtual assistant that users can interact with in a truly natural language.
Do you use Google voice search regularly? What are your favorite features? Tell us in the comments.