Nuance's Dragon Go! Available on Android
Nuance Communications today announced that its Dragon Go! application is now available to the Android platform. Rather than offer simple voice dictation for search queries, Nuance says that Dragon Go! is contextually aware and will thus offer better search results. The app uses Nuance's Dragon voice recognition technology with "natural language understanding, unique analytical tools, and elements of artificial intelligence." The search application also combs hundreds of top content sites, such as Bing, Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, and YouTube, to deliver more relevant results. Dragon Go! can also be used to issue voice commands and works with a number of different native Android applications. Dragon Go! for the Android is free to download and use.
Bing for Android Can Better Search Through Other Apps
Microsoft today updated its Bing Search app for Android devices and gave it the ability to perform searches from within other applications. The feature, called Bing snapshots, scouts things mentioned on any given page and provides relevant information about them in snapshots.
Microsoft Twists Torque from Android Wear to Android Phones
Microsoft recently updated its Torque application for Android Wear and carried it over from smartwatches to smartphones. With Torque, Android Wear and Android smartphone owners can shake or twist their device to launch Bing Voice Search.
Facebook Brings Graph Search to iPhone
Facebook today detailed some updates it's made to search both on Facebook.com and within the iPhone app. Most importantly, Facebook is adding Graph Search to the iPhone mobile app, which will allow iPhone users to search for things such as "Which of my friends likes 'Homeland'?" and other natural language queries.
Microsoft Rebuilds Bing for iOS
Microsoft today released a wholly new version of its Bing Search application for the iPhone. The app takes advantage of new features in iOS, such as app linking, to improve search suggestions and results.
Google Search App Understands More Natural-Language Questions
Google today said its mobile search app is better able to grasp the meaning of requests thanks to new language-recognition techniques. Google is now breaking down queries into smaller pieces to understand the semantics behind individual phrases so it can assess the intent behind the larger question.