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Voice search in Google Maps
Voice search in Google Maps
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Voice search in Google Maps
Voice search in Google Maps

Google announced earlier today that users of its Chrome web browser can now use voice input to search locations in Google Maps. Earlier this year Google introduced voice search to google.com, similar to the same technology that has been available on Android devices for some time now.

Searching by voice command is currently only available on maps.google.com. Voice search is initiated by clicking the microphone icon in the right-hand-side of the Google Maps search box, then speaking your desired destination in the direction of your computer.

In my experience however, Google’s speech recognition doesn’t work too well with Irish accents, particularly a north Monaghan one. Assuming an American English accent does tend to yield better results.

Voice search in Google Maps is another welcome addition from Google as they prepare us for a mobile world where suddenly a keyboard isn’t the most practical form of search input.

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Darren McCarra is co-editor of The Sociable. He has a keen interest in photography, all things mobile, and writing about technology and social media. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.