Google Just Beat Siri to TV Voice Search

By Leslie Horn on at

Google TV is getting voice search. And that's pretty awesome because some of us get violently angry at scrolling through pages and pages of a guide.

You can search by specific show name, or if you're not sure what you want to watch, you can say a genre or a topic like "reality television." No one ever remembers channel numbers anyway, so now you can just simply say the name, like "BBC."

Google's also adding PrimeTime, an unobtrusive improvement to the on-screen guide. As neat as these additions are in and of themselves, they're also shots fired across the bow of Google's biggest adversary; Apple's been rumoured to put Siri in your television-either through Apple TV or an Apple-branded HDTV-for years now. Chalk this up to a battle won by Google in the TV arms race. [Google via The Verge]