SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - When Google Inc. blanketed parts of the country with advertising for its free 411 directory service earlier this year, many saw it just as an example of the typically ambitious company offering yet another new product.
But a key aspect of "Goog 411" isn't what Google provides, but rather what it receives.
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GOOG) , and online rival Microsoft Corp., are using their free directory services to build vast, digital Petri dishes loaded with samples of users' speech patterns. Those patterns are in turn are being fed into the companies' myriad server computers, where they are analyzed in an effort to make their respective speech recognition technologies progressively smarter.
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We were going to beta launch after the TechCrunch conference, but a number of interesting conversations started happening with certain strategic entities shortly thereafter. Our board decided to pull back and let them bear fruit. No worries though, we are doing our best to get this out to you in some form ASAP.
Well...remember that these yes/no answers have zero context, since I cannot answer the direct questions you're asking re: our industry partnerships (if they even exist). So please don't infer or read into anything I'm saying to make any decisions. If you want to discuss the application or provide feedback, that's great and that's why I'm here! If you want to discuss specific points on R&D, I don't even answer those questions from Marissa Mayer of Google, let alone public message boards. It wouldn't be prudent from a competitive, fiduciary responsibility, or IP perspectives. Thanks for understanding!
Well...the goodness is that our lack of expenditures on the voice talent should give you guys a warm fuzzy that everything's being plowed into extreme R&D!
Glad you liked that; it was a subtle tribute to Robin Williams. No better way to start the industry's wake up call! Once you get your hands on Yap, you can try screaming into it to see if it recos. ;-)
Well...at least you guys get credit for persistence!
Appreciate the question, but you'll have to directly ask their investor relations folks that; I'm afraid I can't focus you in on any particular/potential partner(s) unless a press release publicly announces the relationship. While my answer may sound evasive, it's with due respect to the investment process; otherwise you'd have all sorts of shady types pouncing in here with their rumors/conjectures trying to influence you to buy/sell/rinse/repeat.
The goodness is that you'll see Google, Microsoft, Nuance, Yap, etc. on tens if not hundreds of millions of phones in the next few years, bringing forth the next gen of the mobile web. So I'm sure no matter which horse you back in the long term, you'll do well (in relative terms); the only difference is the magnitude of the upside.
Oops...you found our horrid video where I stumbled in certain places. :-) A couple hints: (1) on the 3rd example, it only took longer since I forgot to let go of the push-to-talk button; (2) this was a west coast cellphone hitting an east coast datacenter...in production it should be faster once the buildout is complete!
Since this is all free-form, imagine an assistant that can fetch you anything you ask for from the mobile web within a couple seconds. What would you add/change/remove from your perfect mobile user interface?