Google voice search
is Google's technology to perform search queries on the internet using voice commands. Users can ask questions such as "Ok, Google, which are the best car dealers near me?" on their voice-enabled Google devices. Google voice search can be used for performing searches on:
- Android supported smartphones & tablets
- Smart speakers (e.g. Google Home or smart TVs, headphones and watches)
- Voice assistants on desktops/laptops
- Google app on iPhones or iPads
According to Google Web Index 2018, 27% of the global online population are using voice search on mobile devices. The Google voice search uses automatic speech recognition to understand the voice queries and renders output on-screen as text or as voice answers using text-to-speech technology. Voice searches are used for various purposes. Some of the top searches are for quick facts or news, research or compare products/services, ask for directions, and more. In fact, 2 out of 3 top voice search types are related to shopping. So, if you are a location-based business, you should work towards implementing a voice-optimized content strategy for your website.