The voice search functionality built into Google Search is one of those really convenient features that keeps getting better; in the past week alone, we’ve seen hotword detection expand to include new languages, and witnessed the arrival of new voice-actuated media controls. Now Google’s cluing us in to another feature it’s delivered for voice search, letting you use voice commands to refine a query.
Google’s already offered a degree of contextual awareness in how it interprets voice searches, and the feature it’s talking about today expands on that by letting you offer corrections when it misinterprets your search.
Say you’re looking for historical info on Henry V of England, and ask Google Search, “when was Henry the fifth born?” If the app mishears you and delivers results for Henry VIII instead, you can correct it by simply tapping on the microphone icon again and telling it, “no, I said Henry the fifth.” Without having to restate your initial question, it’s smart enough to make the change and give you the relevant answer.
Google Search supports these voice-based corrections in both the Android and iOS versions of the app.