Given that they have their own smartphone with the Android phone, it might seem odd for Google to be pursuing anything for the iPhone. But they’ve developed a new, free application for the Apple handset that will allow users to say a search term and have it converted into text so Google’s search engine can look for it. It’s available through the iPhone AppStore.
Where the phone is in contact with GPS satellites, local searches will also be possible, Vnunet reports.
It’s a tricky market, given problems with accents, the double meanings of words, and other factors, as both Microsoft and Yahoo have found. Both have had voice search applications out for some time, making Google a late entrant into the market.