The internet is on steroids.

What with the way things are changing at the speed of light and Google updates happening every time you breathe in.

Not really, but they are very frequent.

And as the internet progresses, so does technology, they do go hand in hand after all.

One great example of the technological developments taking place right before our eyes is the IoT. The Internet of Things is the consolidation of all electrical gadgets around you into one central hub.

And one of the major ways that hub is controlled is via the voice.

Hence the proliferation of voice-activated devices.

With the rise of these voice-activated devices comes a new way of interacting with the internet – voice search.

What Is Voice Search?

Voice search is a (cool) way of searching or browsing the internet by giving a voice command instead of the traditional way of typing in a query. Although this function can be used on both desktop and mobile devices, it is more popular on mobile devices.

In its initial stages, voice search received a lot of flack due to the fact that it got quite a number of voice commands wrong (word error rate was high), leading to user frustration. Today, the word error rate is so lowvoice recognition software is close to flawless. This means Siri, Bixby, Cortana, or whatever assistant you use now understand you perfectly (more often than not) and will give you the exact information you require.

Voice Search – Why Should You Even Care?

According to Google (and you should listen to Google) more than half of the searches made on the internet will be voice searches by 2020.

And as mobile devices become more popular and powerful tools voice search is quickly catching up to the traditional method of querying the net.

For everyone who has or cares to have a web presence, this data is super important.


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