Aqeel: March 16, 2019
It has been a while since everyone has been talking about the imminent surge of the voice search and the platforms incorporating the voice search such as Google’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and ever since we have been anticipating as to how we are going to adapt to this transition.
What exactly is Voice Search?
It allows users to speak directly into a device instead of typing keywords into a search query to generate the desired results.
Audio technology uses speech recognition to understand what a user is saying with accuracy and then delivers results back orally to the user. Though this technology has been around for a while in the form of speech-to-text and voice dialing the recent trend of utilizing the said technology in premium and even budget smartphones and even smartwatches, smart cars also for that matter has really turned world’s attention to it.
Adding to it, programs such as Google Assistant, Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana have hinted at what voice search could actually do for us.
Take for instance the example of Amazon’s Alexa. Alexa can seamlessly search through Spotify’s musical inventory, organize your calendar events, set reminders or shop on Amazon quickly. Even Google Home and Google Home Mini are amazing devices that can serve as powerful speakers, play your music, call your friends, ask questions, look for recipes and much more.
Are we ready for the rise of voice search?
According to Google, about 20% of mobile search queries were by voice and that number is expected to go up to 50% by 2020. Such an expected growth pattern in the usage of voice assistants is evident of the fact that not only we will have to show up when people are using voice search, but our content has to be consumable without a screen.
There is no denying it that consumer voice search numbers or going uphill each day and it has already started to show its effect in businesses. In such a scenario, its readiness is NOT just an option-It’s a MUST. Some analysts believe that voice will become the most dominant interface replacing visual media, keyboards, and mouse. So is it really THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM?
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Not so perfect yet!
Although there is no doubt in the fact that the voice search is going to be the next big computing paradigm it still is quite early at least for now to gauge its exact effects in technology and our lives in near future. This can be said because, though future proof, it has its fair share of limitations.
Lack of Accuracy and Misinterpretation:
Voice transmits one piece of information at a time in one direction and only in a linear fashion. There is a lack of accuracy and misinterpretation as voice search algorithms don’t always put your words on the screen completely accurately. There are also issues with understanding the context of language the way that humans can which leads to errors.
Accents and Speech Recognition:
Voice assistants often have problems with the accents. They may learn to decode your speech over time but you still have to get used to learning to talk consistently and clearly at all times to minimize errors. Changes in your voice such as when you have a cold or cough lead to voice assistant having a problem decoding your words.
There can be other problems such as for example you’re in a noisy environment. In such a case it might not differentiate between your words and the background noises. Apart from that the physical strains of always trying to make the voice assistant understand your accent and speech behavior might be an issue.
It can be said without a doubt that Voice assistants are going to be the future and most probably beyond. But its still time for us to learn to adapt to the imminent take over of the voice search technology. We also need to work to make the technology flawless for a seamless experience that is both important and enjoyable.
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