Google Search For Android Updated: Offline Voice Recognition Added

By Prarthito Maity email: | Feb 18, 2013 07:16 AM EST

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Android users will be pleased with the changes Google has made to the Google Search for Android App.

Per reports, Google has recently updated its Google Search for Android app with a few new notable features with one of most important and welcomed features being the offline voice recognition for third-party apps.

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Although developers can now add offline voice recognition features to their apps, it is to be noted that the feature will only work on a device that's currently running Jelly Bean. However, interested users can still download and install the app as it runs of Android 2.3 or higher.

The Google Search will make use of the other beta app available in the Play Store called 'utter!' which is probably the first to support offline voice recognition. Although still in beta, utter! is available as a free download and only requires 1.8MB of storage.

"utter! is not your average Siri clone and doesn't attempt to be a gimmick of a virtual assistant application, its priority is to be super functional and ultra fast! It allows many device based commands to be performed offline, without the need for a data connection (Jelly Bean only)," the official page states.

"utter! runs in the background of your device, is very lightweight on resource and does not have a user-interface, so its functions are available anywhere on the device, at any time, to interact with any application."

Once the app is installed, it will run in the background and allow the user to execute various tasks on the smartphone just by voice, and everything will be done without the user needing to connect via an Internet connection to a server.

Unlike other voice applications, utter! is configurable to the user, enabling the user to assign spoken keywords to use the functionality of the favorite applications or make system related changes to the device.

Moreover, there's no awkward overlay or launching of another application to use the features as the app stays in the background only ready to be activated whenever the user wants, and all this happens without the app interrupting whatever the user is doing.

"Remember though that the app is still in beta, so you could still find the occasional bug, which the developers encourage you to report in order for it to be ironed out," Android Authority writes. "That said, in order to get utter! you'll have to install the offline voice recognition files from Android Voice Search settings and take it from there."

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