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Cory Pforzheimer, a spokesman for Yahoo, said the Sunnyvale company looked at all the technology for doing voice recognition on cell phones before settling on vlingo. "We have many search and voice recognition experts at Yahoo and they were just blown away," he said.
Sounds great if it works as well as Yahoo are saying. They should add it for computer users as well.
became the first major search engine
Yahoo! is No. 2 for searching the Web w/ a major SE by voice
Google had Voice Search in Labs as early as 2002. Which turned into GOOG-411 (launched in Sept. 2007).
So between Google and MSN, it kind of looks like Yahoo! is actually *third* to achieve "voice searching." (And they had to buy it to get there.)
Of course, Yahoo!'s own press release on the subject [yhoo.client.shareholder.com] didn't make these claims, just an overzealous reporter.