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Voice Search comes to Google Maps

There is a little joy in Mudville tonight. Especially if you were hoping that one day Google Maps would have voice search capability.  Because today is that day.

Google has updated Google Maps to version 4.1 for Windows Mobile and has added voice search the the app. It will detect different variations of English as well as Mandarin. The voice search is activated by the call button on your phone.

It also appears the search is location based (a good thing). When I searched "Yankee Pizza" the results were limited to the one local pizzeria. In searching "wal-mart" it brought up the closest store to my location.

In the short time I've tinkered with Google Maps voice search, it is a little buggy (locked up once) and isn't as fast as Bing's voice search. But it is a step in the right direction.

You can download the .cab file for Google Maps with Voice Search here or point your mobile browser to m.google.com. [Google Mobile via FuzeMobility.com]

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says:

It ain't slow on mine. Matter of fact, I had more problems with Bing's voice feature than anything else. Go figure, could just be me. (HTC Tilt 2)

says:

Cool update but is this app compatible with iPhone also?Can this app support any other languages except English ?

snowbound says:

I really can't figure why they'd bother with voice search for a maps application that doesn't do turn-by-turn navigation. Meh.

says:

what??? i thought google map does have turn by turn......oh wait, that was on android :P

says:

Wow, It is great that Google have invented this element of voice searching. Basically searching is based on location only. voice recognition engine currently understands English in American, Australian, and British accents that is good part of it.