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ASK Click to Speak Mobile Service to Provide Speech Activated Directions
Thursday, January 03, 2008
This is pretty cool. Earlier today, ASK announced that they will be introducing free voice activated capabilities to its ASK Mobile Directions service. The new innovation is called "Click to Speak" and will allow people to simply speak their location and desired destination to receive directions on their mobile devices (providing that they are web-enabled).
"Voice input is one more way Ask.com Mobile helps searchers find exactly what they are looking for faster and easier," said Doug Leeds, senior vice president of product management, Ask.com. "The new 'Click to Speak' service is quick, free and accurate, and makes getting driving or walking directions a breeze."
Users of the Directions service on Ask.com Mobile will now see a new "Click to Speak" option. Clicking it, consumers are prompted to speak their location and their desired destination, either by specific address or closest intersection. Within seconds, they will receive a text message with a link to directions that can be viewed in either traditional list or turn-by-turn step format, with an additional option to switch between "Driving" or "Walking" routes. The directions themselves are hosted at DialDirections.com, but are on an Ask.com branded page.

The cool thing about Click to Speak is that the ASK.com Mobile works on any mobile web browser regardless of which carrier you are signed up with and regardless of which mobile device that you use. Earlier this year, ASK Mobile won Webby Awards for its mobile product.

The official press release announcing Click to Speak can be found here.

ASK Mobile image courtesy of http://images.ientrymail.com/webpronews/article_pics/AskMobile.jpg

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