Languages Magazine

Five Trail-blazing Apps to Kick off Apple Watch Voice Search

By Expectlabs @ExpectLabs

“To think outside the box, you need a box” a 2013 Psychology Today piece pithily states. It just so happens that the Apple Watch is a tiny box, with a 33.3mm width on the smaller model. No room for anything here beyond the bare essentials, presented in the most space-efficient way possible.

So when a popular wearable declares the keyboard inessential, what do companies do? They nix it, of course, and come up with interesting new ways of accessing and displaying content.

While many Apple Watch apps feature voice dictation, the following five are early adaptors of voice search on the device. Search is both a much more complex challenge than dictation and the only way of delving deep into an app’s content offerings.

It’s worth noting that while the introduction of voice search in these apps is exciting to witness, the functionality needs work. The input is keyword-based, making conversational queries impossible, and the lack of domain-specific training results in inaccuracies. However, these apps do provide a cool peek into the future – one in which amazing content experiences aren’t constrained by the devices they’re accessed on.

Without further ado…… the five apps:

1)  Yell provides local business search across the UK. Their Apple Watch app, equipped with voice search, helps users on the go find the services they need.

2) Livestrong, the health and wellness hub, has debuted the Watch-friendly version of the calorie-tracker app, which lets users search for foods by voice as they track their calorie intake.

3)’s iOS app is now on Apple Watch. It provides a voice-powered word-lookup where you can query a word to find its definition.

4) Amazon’s Apple Watch app is an ambitious undertaking: enabling watch-wearers to buy pretty much anything with a tap of the wrist. However, they will need to up their search game, as it’s unlikely buyers will have patience to scroll through wrong results on a tiny screen.

5) iHeartRadio’s app lets watch-wearers use their voice to stream AM and FM broadcasts, iHeartRadio music events, and more.

Interested in exploring the possibilities of voice yourself? MindMeld’s end-to-end solution voice-enables applications on any device. We have four different demos available on our website, and it’s free to sign up for the MindMeld developer platform and experiment with our technology yourself.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Schindler’s Lift

    Schindler’s Lift

    Following a boozy afternoon on the tiles, I had no memory of making it back to our hotel in East London. This is despite staggering from Soho to Piccadilly... Read more

    13 hours, 24 minutes ago by   Jackscott
  • Electric Universe - Yamnaya People - proto-Saturnian-split Date?

    Electric Universe Yamnaya People proto-Saturnian-split Date?

    THERE WERE GIANTS IN THOSE DAYS:yes, this looks like Free Planet taking the Bible as a Historical Document...The Electric Universe concept (ameliorated by... Read more

    13 hours, 35 minutes ago by   Freeplanet
  • A Ripple Conversation With Gregg Emley Of Holy Grove

    Ripple Conversation With Gregg Emley Holy Grove

    When I was a kid, growing up in a house with Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, and Simon and Garfunkel, the first time I ever heard Kiss's "Detroit Rock City," it was... Read more

    15 hours, 55 minutes ago by   Ripplemusic
  • Freshening Up For Spring Tips

    Freshening Spring Tips

    Check out our Workshop Tip Videos on You Tube. If you can't attend the new Bridget Beari Home Store workshops then I'll be doing some quick video wrap ups of... Read more

    17 hours, 27 minutes ago by   Bridgetbeari
  • Brown Sugar Cream Pie

    Brown Sugar Cream

    I have always found the chemistry of cooking fascinating. The process of combining together a few (or sometimes many) ingredients, which on their own are not al... Read more

    19 hours, 25 minutes ago by   Mariealicerayner
  • Wildland Firefighter & Firefighter Reserve – Pechanga Fire Dept. (CA)

    Wildland Firefighter Reserve Pechanga Fire Dept. (CA)

    Pechanga Fire Dept. (CA)  WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER FIREFIGHTER RESERVE Wildland Firefighter: $19.00 hourly The PFD has the responsibility of protecting the... Read more

    19 hours, 43 minutes ago by   Firecareers
  • LeToya Luckett Gives Advice To Single Ladies “Give It To God”

    LeToya Luckett Gives Advice Single Ladies “Give God”

    Our girl, LeToya Luckett, who married Tommicus Walker last December, shared some words of wisdom for single ladies with Sister Circle co-host and... Read more

    21 hours, 21 minutes ago by   Firstladyb

Paperblog Hot Topics