A combination of predictive query entry and speech-recognition provided by vlingo, oneSearch is only available now for select Blackberry devices including the 8800 series, Curve, and Pearl, but Yahoo stressed that other handset support would follow shortly.
"Consumers can search for anything, including flight numbers, locations, Web site names, local restaurants, and more, by simply speaking," a release from Yahoo detailed. The voice-activation software is now available for download on a number of RIM's BlackBerry devices, and Yahoo has said that over the next few months it will be compatible with more handsets.
We're thrilled to see speech recognition emerging as a driving force for mobile search. We'd hope that Yahoo! and many others will begin to use vlingo's (the only close 2nd to Microsoft's voice searching on Windows Mobile/Smartphones) technology to expand and tweak mobile-centric searches.
Even though hurdles still exist for mobile-centric speech searching (noise canceling, poor voice signal quality) it’s begun to receive some serious integration as of late. Other outfits like Free411, Goog411 and Ask.com are using speech recognition technology; and the new ChaCha has a pretty robust speech recognition built into its new mobile-centric searching.