The Google voice search has matured quickly by traveling across the world and developing a better understanding of the U.S., U.K, Australian and Indian accent. Taking a step further, the Google has now made the voice search available for Nokia S60 Phones in China. The best part is that the phones will now understand the commands given in Mandarin Chinese.
S60 phones are popular around the world. If you are using Nseries or Eseries phones, you are using S60. Most of the phones have QWERTY keyboard that makes calling easier but texting a hassle. With the voice feature, you will now be able to write text easily with a voice command.
At present, voice feature works for S60 phones, but the support for Mandarin speech recognition is being added to iPhone and Android phones. Google has said that the Mandarin version might not be as polished as the English version, still it will be helpful and the team is working on improving the accent features.
Here's a video provided by Google on the earlier testing of the application:
The voice search version of Google Mobile Application provides you a shortcut to Google search on phone. You can either search by typing or giving voice command. As the results are showed in application, you don't have to wait for the browser to launch and provide you an answer.
The Google team has learned a lot about the differences between simplified and traditional Chinese, Sandhi rules, tonal characteristics, pinyin representations of Chinese characteristics and many other things before introducing the Mandarin version.
It is also to be noted that the application is only for version 3 of NokiaS60 and the recent phones with version 5 do not support the feature yet.