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Voice input in Local Search

     
7:35 am on Oct 25, 2017 (gmt 0)

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How has voice input evolved in local search? It is slowly becoming more popular in web search, but IMO voice seems especially suited for local results, particularly when done from mobile.

I use my mobile phone for GPS driving, mounted on the dash of my car, and will often ask Google for nearby resources & driving instructions.

A large part of the requests I make to my Google Home (in my workplace) is for nearby businesses. Since my phone is Android, I can then sent location & other info to my phone. This process works really well.
12:29 pm on Oct 25, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Down here in Australia, voice search has improved and can cope with Aussie accents. I have used it a little, mainly in the open, where background noise interferes at times, but I do it for "near me" searches when I don't have both hands free.
10:49 pm on Nov 1, 2017 (gmt 0)

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When away from my desktop I voice search for virtually everything. Including inside and outside the home.

Local search, for me, probably tends to happen more often in the car. I suspect this happens more on the sidewalk or public transportation in cities like San Francisco and NYC, where more people avail themselves of those modes of transportation than in other cities where public transportation is less available.