Can Google Read Your Mind?

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I often wonder this, seeing as how Google is taking over the world.  Seriously though, there's been a lot of buzz around the release of Google's newest iPhone app.  It did finally release yesterday, and so far I'm impressed!

This is one seriously intuitive app. It can't read your mind (yet), but it is just about that simple.  Here's how it goes; First, just download it (FREE) from the App Store.  You see the blue 'g' icon just above my email?  That's the one... Touch it!


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Now you see the really lengthy, difficult instructions, right?


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Yep, that's right, just bring the phone to your ear.  Somehow it knows you're ready and gives you a little beep to let you know it's OK to speak to it.  I've tried several different phrases and, so far, I haven't been able to stump it; you just have to be sure and speak clearly.  Here I spoke 'who is Ryan Hukill?'  Here's what happened next:


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Yeah, big surprise that my AR blog would be ranked at the top huh?  OK, so this is where I have to laugh a little bit.  You see, I just recently read a blog post from a 'Technology Educator' who trashed the iPhone for what he saw as several shortcomings - one of them being that you 'Cannot use one hand.'  He went on to say 'The iPhone requires you to use two hands in most instances which can take more time to arrive at the same task.'  It's quite clear to me that this educator is speaking out of turn about something he hasn't even tried, but I digress.

I tried some other terms like 'phone number at Chilis on Broadway in Edmond, OK'  Yep, you guessed it; it gave me the phone listing for the Chilis on Broadway.  How many different ways could you use this app while driving down the road, not having to use but one finger and your voice?!


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I also found a great review of this app by Matt Cutts, where he goes a little more in-depth on the apps abilities, so you might want to check this out too if you're not quite sold.

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Sara Homan
Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044 - Ocala, FL
Realtor, Homes, Farms & 55+

Gee my techno skills are really lacking!  Some people think I'm techy because I can do powerpoint presentations and have a 4 year old palm pilot...I guess I'm way behind the techy 8 ball.  Cool stuff though!

Nov 17, 2008 09:21 PM #4
Julie Chapman
DR Horton - Lakeland, FL
New Homes Sales Lakeland Florida

My husband has his palm where he just says whatever he wants - type of food, flowers, etc, and it finds it for him.....

Nov 17, 2008 11:13 PM #6
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

Now that is some cool stuff!  My BB doesn't recognize my voice (or it's too high), when I ask it to call someone it gives me 3 different options.  Like I will say "Call Sheila" and it will say..."did you say:  Call Leti?" um, NO.  SO, who is Ryan Hukill?????  ;).  KM

Nov 17, 2008 11:41 PM #7
Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Oh Ryan this rocks!  I just downloaded it!  Thanks for the heads up, now I must play...


Nov 18, 2008 12:59 AM #8
real estate real estate
Providence, RI

Ryan, I was playing with my friend's G1 the other day. I was so impressed too. With over 100 applications, I was still able to open any app in like less than one second. I am seriously thining carrying two cellphones. I cannot live without Verion's coverage but this phone is too cool to pass. I wish Verizon can open their eyes and welcome G1.

Nov 18, 2008 01:44 AM #9
Emily Schuyler
Smart Click Realty - Roseville, CA
Realtor Roseville, CA, Lic# 01768964

Hi Ryan,  Thanks for the post.  This is too cool.  I'm downloading it right away!

Nov 18, 2008 05:39 AM #10
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA


That's it....I'm going to get my iPhone. Love the most recent voice activated google search application.

Congrats on being ranked first in the search, too. That is way, way cool!

Nov 18, 2008 05:42 AM #11
Sherry Scales
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Leander, TX
Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas

Google in general is frightening at what they know about us. I feel like the virtual latex gloves are coming out so they can know us even better....scary!  I am considering the iPhone myself. My husband has one, but doesn't let me play with it...Boys and their toys I guess!

Nov 18, 2008 06:48 AM #12
Ryan Hukill - Edmond
ShowMeOKC Real Estate Pros of KW Elite - Edmond, OK
Realtor, Team Lead

Carol - that's what I look forward to... what's next?

Lenn - It is amazing how they always seem to be a few steps ahead of the rest.

Laura - Cool indeed.

Sara - It's all relative. To some you're like a sci-fi movie, to others you're a dinosaur. If you've got a palm, you're already light years ahead of 50% of our colleagues I bet.

Todd - Thanks for stopping in.

Julie - Cool deal. Does it actually search, or has he set up voice recognition to take him to certain programs with certain commands?

Kristin - Stick around and you'll find out I'm sure :)

Kristal - You're welcome. You sound as excited about it as I was!

Huiting - Yes, it's too bad we all have to be tied to a certain carrier to get the phone we want.

Emily - You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

Pacita - Let me know when you get it... although I'm sure we won't hear from you for days when you do... you'll be too busy playing!

Sherry - Funny, my wife says the same thing about me. You'll love it when you make the leap though.

BTW EVERYONE - I formed a group here on AR for all the iPhone addicts, so stop by & join in on the fun if you'd like

Nov 18, 2008 12:46 PM #13
The Brewer Team - Benchmark Realty
Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN

Ryan - THanks for the update. I am in a position where I could upgrade my phone from my treo, and maybe the iphone is where i need to go. Thanks for the information.

Nov 19, 2008 09:32 AM #14
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

The iphone continues to add more and more apps, and many of them are free.  This one is pretty cool, and I definately like the touch screen.  I don't have one, but more and more I am getting convinced that I need one.

Nov 20, 2008 06:22 AM #15
Ryan Hukill - Edmond
ShowMeOKC Real Estate Pros of KW Elite - Edmond, OK
Realtor, Team Lead

Elizabeth - You're more than welcome.  Keep coming back here and you'll find all kinds of great info on the iPhone!

Troy - I was slow to buy into the 'hype' as well, but once I took the leap I realized I should have done it MUCH sooner.  Thanks for your input!

Nov 24, 2008 02:12 AM #16
Brian Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Englewood, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate

Ryan - I haven't downloaded this one yet, but will do so asap. I have been side tracted with other stuff. LOL. I also have a post jsut about ready (part 2) about the iphone apps but something always happens and I can't get the darn thing posted. ~Rita

Nov 24, 2008 03:50 AM #17
Ryan Hukill - Edmond
ShowMeOKC Real Estate Pros of KW Elite - Edmond, OK
Realtor, Team Lead

It's a great one Rita.  Please share your new post in the iPhone Power group.  Looking forward to reading!

Nov 24, 2008 04:22 AM #18
Christopher Johnston
The Johnston Team - Metairie, LA

I recently download this and it is the most useful thing ever. I love being able to do a search while I'm driving or walking. I also think that the voice recognition technology that Google is using is some of the best I've ever experienced.

Dec 12, 2008 02:12 PM #19
Greg Wilson
1st Cornerstone Realty - Schaumburg, IL

Hello Ryan, I think Google is pretty cool.  Have you tried out the new text messaging feature?

Dec 13, 2008 03:49 AM #20
Blatt + Cutino
Keller Williams Coastal Estates - Monterey, CA
Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today*

I am going to download it now. Thanks so much. I look forward to more cool things from Google.

Dec 13, 2008 11:40 PM #21
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

I just went to download this because I think its cool.  I tried saying my name Stacey Baugh.  We had some trouble, First is searched Stacey Wall, then it searched Stacey Ball, then is searched AC Pump (i'm not kidding).  Anyway, I think its still cool and i'll try some less complicated things and see what I get.

Jan 03, 2009 11:05 AM #22

Because what you said, I am going to buy an iphone now. Lo!

Jan 08, 2009 09:50 PM #23
Bob Stoneburner

Microsoft has offered voice activated search as part of Live Search for over two years? Heck, I've had this on my Windows Mobile phone since 2007.


Huiting: Stick with Verizon. Its my understanding they'll be the carrier when Microsoft launches their phone featuring Windows Mobile 7. The iPhone is good, but not ideal for heavy business users. Windows Mobile 7 (when combined with Communications Server email technology) will blow you away.

Jun 14, 2009 05:49 PM #24
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