Google has launched its Google Voice Search platform, said to be the most advanced tool of its kind in the market.
Now available to most smartphone users with the exception of BlackBerry and some Windows phones, the innovative app can understand the context of requests and enables follow-up questions without forgetting the topic that has been set in the previous conversation.
For example, someone asking about the current weather in Birmingham could follow with further inquiry asking "How do I get there?" – and the app would remember it was Birmingham the user was interested in.
The system will then provide the answer aloud via the smartphone's loudspeaker.
"Whether you're plotting the easiest public transport route across London, trying to order a drink in Paris en Francais, or cheating at a pub quiz, Google is there to help you get the information you need, fast," said Google technology expert Michael Valvo.
Other features of the app include giving directions based on information from live traffic updates, and setting reminders based on a location, which could allow the user to be alerted to take the bins out when they get home, or to pick up a certain item when they get to their local supermarket.
It will also allow smartphone users to ask Google to identify a song that is being played – and will then give the option of buying that song in the Google Play app.
Google claims the new voice search is faster than its nearest rival, Apple's Siri, and also provides users with more detailed answers.
"This is Google's most advanced voice search ever, which is now available to the majority of smartphone users in the UK with the release day of the latest Google search app on iOS,” Valvo added.
"It has the ability to understand the context of a conversation and spoken directions that even take into account traffic conditions."