[AI] Yahoo unveils voice search service for mobile device users

renuka warriar erenuka at gmail.com
Fri Apr 4 07:48:42 EDT 2008

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Yahoo unveils voice search service for mobile device users 

LOS ANGELES (Xinhua): Yahoo has become the first major search engine to let people search the Internet by talking to a mobile device, according to a newspaper
report Thursday. 

Through the technology from a Massachusetts start-up, Yahoo's mobile search engine, known as oneSearch, could allow users of popular PDAs like BlackBerry
Curves, Pearls or the 8800 series to scour the Web with their voice, the San Jose Mercury News daily reported. 

Yahoo's executive vice president Marco Boerries Wednesday said at a trade conference in Las Vegas that the new service would fundamentally change the way
consumers use the Internet on their mobile phones. 

He also said the company is working to make the service available on other mobile devices and overseas. 

According to Dave Grannon, chief executive of the Cambridge, Massachusetts technology company vlingo, the service can handle any spoken query and is also
built to adapt to a person's voice and to improve over time. 

Competitive services including the voice search in Microsoft's Live Search for mobile can only handle queries for specific local information, such as directions
to a local pizza parlor, the report said. 

Yahoo said its deal with vlingo on the service restricted the start-up from doing business with Yahoo's competitors like Google and Microsoft. 

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