Google voice and location app for iPhone officially released

18 Nov 2008

After much speculation last week, Google’s iPhone app that allows people to search on Google has been officially released.

The Google Mobile App for iPhone to offer two innovative new ways for users to search the web while they’re on the go: by voice and by location.

With the new version of the app, people can conduct a Google search by simply speaking their query into their iPhones. ‘Voice Search’ uses speech recognition technology to transform spoken words into text and then runs the query through Google web search as if it had been typed manually.

When the app is turned on, Voice Search will detect the phone’s movement and activate automatically when you want to do a search. This feature allows you to naturally bring the phone up to your ear and speak your search into the phone, just as if you were talking on the phone.

This update to the Google Mobile App also uses the iPhone’s location detection to further personalise your search results.

Users can just type (or speak) a query like ‘pizza’, ‘movies’ or ‘weather’ and will receive results tailored specifically to their current location, without having to include a city or zip code in the search.

Users can download the app from the iPhone App Store by searching for ‘Google Mobile App’.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years