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What is voice search?

Voice search is a technology that allows you to use spoken language to run online searches instead of entering keywords into a search engine. In this way, the user can interact with digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, computers or smart speakers, naturally asking for information or performing various tasks.

The rise of voice search is primarily due to the proliferation of voice-enabled devices and virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana. These assistants are designed to understand natural language and respond to spoken queries or commands.

Instead of manually typing queries into a search engine, users can activate voice search by saying a specific wake word or phrase (e.g., “Hey Siri,” “Okay Google,” “Alexa,” etc.), followed by their search query or command. The voice assistant then processes the audio input, converts it into text, and performs the search to provide relevant results or execute the requested task.

Benefits of voice search

  • Voice search offers unparalleled convenience, allowing users to perform searches and complete tasks with natural language commands, eliminating the need for typing and hands-on interaction.
  • It enables faster information retrieval, providing instant responses to queries, making it ideal for time-sensitive inquiries and on-the-go scenarios.
  • Voice search enhances accessibility for individuals with disabilities, providing an inclusive way to interact with technology and access information.
  • The conversational and interactive nature of voice search creates a more engaging user experience, fostering a sense of natural communication with digital devices and virtual assistants.

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