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Google's mobile voice search: Can you hear me now?

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Jake Turcotte

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Eager downloaders hoping to catch an earful of Google searches on their iPhones this weekend heard nothing but crickets.

A media storm heralded the coming of an application that would translate search terms spoken into iPhones on the fly and return results in seconds, but launch day, Friday, came and went without so much as a whimper out of Mountain View. Tech watchers feared the worst – that Apple's now-famous application approval process had somehow snared the program.

But patience prevailed, and users the world over can now download the slick little app. What are people saying? Plenty.

Michael Arrington over at TechCrunch warns about background noise and reminds that address book contacts aren't voice-searchable.

Macworld UK had trouble getting the application to play nice with British accents (despite demonstrations in one of Google's promotional videos).

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