Android’s Voice Search is slowly but surely adding to the list of supported languages, with recognition of Russian, Polish, Czech, and Turkish all becoming functional over the past few weeks. Now users in those countries or speakers from anywhere around the world can quickly search by speaking into their handset without fear of a language barrier. From the Google Mobile Blog post announcing the new language support:
“Now, users in the Russian Federation, Poland, the Czech Republic and Turkey can simply say, in their own language, what it is that they are looking for. Try speaking queries like “концерты Юлии Савичевой” (tour dates for Yulia Svicheva), “przepis na pierogi” (recipes for pierogi), “obrázky Hradčan” (pictures of the Prague castle), or “istanbul hava durumu” (weather in Istanbul).”
Note that you will need to change the language setting for your phone before it will recognize a different tongue (you won’t be able to speak a different language on the fly). Most current handsets ship with the latest version Voice Search pre-installed, but for those on Android 2.0 and higher without the functionality, you can download the latest Google Mobile search app from the Market.