Google Voice Search is a feature that allows users to perform a search by speaking into a microphone, instead of typing words into a keyboard. It was first launched in May 2002, where users would have to dial a number and speak out their search queries. Initially this technology was largely based on simple text to speech, but after the evolution of the Android operating system, voice search was meant to support AI like capabilities. With the introduction of Google now on Android Jelly bean, Google seemed to be a much more personalized search engine that would often display tailored search results, depending on the user’s interests. Google Voice search was merged with the Google now app as a direct competitor to Apple’s voice assistant Siri.
Over the years we have all tried the “Do a barrel roll” voice command or the “what’s the weather like today?” on our Android smartphones. You would have noticed that the Google Now of now understands your voice commands mostly in the first go unlike the time it first came out when you tried to impress your friends with the “Who is the President of USA” but made a complete fool of yourself when it said “Please try again” after multiple tries. The main reason behind this is the fact that Google stores your voice commands on a server in order to improve future search results. People all around the world have a different accent and may ask different questions depending on their location. Google’s voice search currently understands 40 different languages.
Did you know? All your voice searches made through your smartphone is saved on a server and easily accessible? No need to panic yet, only authenticated users can access their own voice search log.
Follow these steps to access your Google Voice history:
- Visit this https://history.google.com/history/audio and sign in with your Google account.
- You will see a list of items filtered to specific dates along with the understood query as a transcript, with a play button next to it.
- Turn up the volume and hit the play button.
To some, this might sound creepy that Google saves all your voice data without telling you (Probably skipped the “I agree all the terms and conditions” part) but what’s more astounding is that you can also see what app was accessed at which time and what search was made when by visiting this link https://myactivity.google.com/ .
Still not impressed? Here’s a bonus. Go to the link here https://www.google.com/maps/timeline and you will see what place you visited when and the route you took to reach a certain place. This is all the more reason why you need to have a better password for your Google account and next time think twice when you lie to your spouse about how you were working late, when you were actually celebrating old Billy’s dog’s birthday.
The video below shows you how to disable and delete your voice search history.