Review of Google’s “OK Google” voice activation feature
Remember, remember, the 5th of November. Yes, four days ago, Google released an updated version of its ‘Google Search’ app, available for Android, iOS and Windows users. But what is new about it I hear you ask? Well, let’s get into that….
The main feature is the voice activation, which allows you to say “OK Google” or, alternatively, touch the microphone button to start a search. There are no limitations though. You’re not restricted to just searching; the app allows you to ask Google to remind you to do something or remind you about a specific event. Additionally, you can find the nearest supermarket and even ask Google to show you pictures of your favourite celebrity! Pretty awesome, huh?
Not only does Google fulfil your request but a voice assistant also provides you with a verbal answer. This is great, as I believe it adds to and provides a personal experience. For example when I asked, “Where is the nearest Asda”, the Google voice assistant said “Here are the listings for Asda within 20 miles” and the results were displayed.
After using the app for a number of different activities, I found that the Google Search app is very convenient. Although, I did find that it, sometimes, had trouble understanding what I was saying. However, speaking slower and clearer sorted that one out.
What I also liked about the app is that when you set a reminder, it would display on the bottom of the app, so that you are aware of it. It’s like a double-reminder but also allows you to edit the reminder, just a click away. As well as this, when you run the app again the notifications are displayed on the home screen. The screenshots below illustrate the reminder feature:
I won’t compare it to Siri or the S Voice as OK Google is a new feature and there are always improvements to be made. Still, right now I would say the app is brilliant and I’m definitely going to be using it a lot more.
So what are your thoughts on the revamped app for the most used search engine on the World Wide Web?