Google Improves Android Voice Recognition
The thing about voice recognition software is this: it's really cool in theory, but it can tend to be a bit buggy. And those bugs usually show up when when some particularly geeky dude is trying to impress a someone they think is cute by telling their Android phone to find the nearest Starbucks.
It's understandable I suppose; between different accents and pitches, male and female voices, and ambient noise, there are a lot of variables that voice recognition software has do deal with.
So Google has decided to make it (hopefully) a bit better for the average guy or gal that wants to talk to their phone and make it do their bidding. They've updated the Voice Search program in Android phones and added a function called personalized recognition that records how you say certain words and uses that data to help build a personalized speech model just for you.
30 seconds of reflection will have you realizing that there may be some privacy issues here, but you can disable the functionality at any time and even disassociate your voice recordings from your Google Account. So there will be no record Internet record of you searching for places to buy Mister Mister memorabilia. At least not from your phone.
Currently the personalized recognition is available for English speakers in the US, though Google says more countries and languages will be available soon. You'll also need Android 2.2 or higher to enjoy it.
Download the latest version of Voice Search from the Market or scan this QR code to grab it and get personal with your phone.