Google's voice Yellow Pages search service threatens the survival of the Yellow Pages

Source: Internet
Author: User
According to foreign media reports in April 7, Google, the US search giant, began testing its voice search service for the local yellow pages on Friday. Media analysis said it would have an impact on the traditional manual Yellow Pages service in the United States.
On Google's lab webpage, the company announced that from now on, anyone can call a free phone number 800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411 ), to experience the voice search service that Google is still developing.
Users can enter keywords they want to search for. The system will provide yellow pages such as local business organizations and catering facilities, and transfer users to the phone number of the best search result.
According to Google's webpage, this telephone-based voice search technology allows users to search for local business information from Google Maps without computers, surfing the Internet, or even hitting the keyboard of a mobile phone.
According to reports, in fact, Google has been conducting research on related technologies since 2002, but the project is intermittent and has not achieved significant success. The core technology of this study is speech recognition and speech synthesis.
According to industry analysts, the current US traditional manual Yellow Pages service charges about one dollar per minute, and Google's free service is bound to have a major impact on this industry. It is said that the cost of these yellow pages service providers for each call is 16 cents. Google can use software technology to reduce the cost to two cents per minute. In addition, Google can earn 10 points per service by transferring customers.
It is worth mentioning that Microsoft, Google's competitor, recently announced that it will acquire Tellme, a California speech technology company that is also engaged in voice search and other online services, sources said Microsoft paid $0.8 billion.

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