How is voice search different than talking on the phone when you have other people around?
@Susan, I dont think there is any difference but then whenever we get a call we usually visit conference rooms or some space where we have privacy. But would you like to do the same whenever you want to use your voice search, I doubt.
"I don't really want the people around me to know what I'm searching for/working on—besides, I don't think they'd want to hear either."
It's true that I don't want to hear what you're searching for, just in the same way I don't want to hear what you're talking on the phone. How is voice search different than talking on the phone when you have other people around?
"I have to admit that I don't see the point in having a voice search feature."
Maybe you haven't found a need to a voice feature yet? This, though, doesn't mean that a voice feature is not useful for many other people, and it's not a matter of becoming lazy but practical. I believe they are very useful.
"And I guess my comment comes from the thought that there needs to be a proper balance between doing things the old fashioned way and then utilizing technology in ways that really do facilitate day to day activities in a meaningful way."
I have a recent example of how unefficient is to do things the old fashioned way instead of using the technology I have and didn't use.
Instead of setting a voice or sound alarm to remind me of an online meeting I had yesterday, I trusted the old fashioned Post-it technology. A note that I failed to place in front of my noise, which is the only way it works. What I was thinking escapes to my understanding. The sad result was that I missed the meeting. If I would have set a voice/sound reminder I wouldn't be so upset this morning after realizing of my mistake. So no, doing things the old-fashioned way doesn't work.
That's an interesting point. I have seen people try to use it on the street and get poor results...perhaps because of all the extra noise around? And you're right about the privacy issue too. No one else needs to know what I'm searching for!!
Personally, I've only done voice search to experience it, but I've never really used it day-to-day. I don't really want the people around me to know what I'm searching for/working on—besides, I don't think they'd want to hear either. That means the only time I could really use voice search is when I'm alone in a room, and that rarely happens.
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