Google adds voice recognition tools to Google Search

Need to quickly find your flight number as you’re heading to the airport? Or maybe you can’t remember where your friend said to meet her for dinner?

No problem. Just ask Google. And there’s no need to type.

Instead of pulling your car over and scrolling down through your email searching for your flight information or your friend’s email about dinner, Google’s new feature will enable you to type or ask out loud, “What’s my flight number?” or “Where am I meeting Renee for dinner?”

Google is adding the voice-recognition tools that have been found in Google Now to Google Search.

“We’ve been offering this kind of info—flights, reservations, appointments and more—for more than a year in Google Now, “ wrote Roy Livne, a product manager for Google, in a blog post. “We’ve gotten great feedback on how convenient it is, especially when you’re on the go. Now that it’s in Google Search, you can get it anytime you need it.”

According to Livne, if the information you’re looking for is in your Gmail, Google Calendar, or Google+ account, then you’ll be able to ask Google Search to find it for you.

Google will begin rolling out the voice-search feature over the next several days to all U.S.  English-speaking users on the desktop, tablet, and smartphone. The new voice-powered search will be added to most Google apps, including the Chrome browser for desktops and mobile, as well as Google Search apps on both the Android and iOS platforms.

Livne noted that the Google Search voice feature will be able to help users find information about flights, hotel or restaurant reservations, the status of online orders, and daily schedules.

The service, which is available when you’re signed into Google, enables users to turn it on or off.

“Whenever you don’t want to see it, simply click the globe icon at the top of the search results page to turn it off for that search session,” wrote Livne. “To turn it off permanently, visit the “Private results” section in search settings. We hope this makes your day a little easier.”

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