Google voice search now understands Filipino

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FILIPINO SEARCH. Google adds Filipino to its voice search repertoire.

Filipino Android users can start using Filipino search terms with the built in Google search app starting July 15. The service works on Android smartphones running OS 2.0 Eclair or higher. Google engineers built a Filipino speech language model with the help of volunteers from the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman and some of the students’ families, who provided voice samples that helped Google build a lexicon that could distinguish Filipino. The number of different accents across the Philippines required Google to get more samples. Google’s voice search for Filipino isn’t going to be perfect, but as more people use the new service, the ability of voice search to get it right also improves.

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