TellMe – Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 with added Say it and Get it

tellme_screensMicrosoft has announced that future Windows mobiles will get speech control functionality, thanks to their subsidery “Tellme”.

Said to “simplify” phone control, Tellme is apparently the first such service that will let people press one button and “say what they want and get it”.

TellMe isn’t just an app tho, it’s a one-button hub for voice commands of all kinds: Text messaging, making calls, and also jumping to Microsoft Live Search with natural language queries like “weather in San Francisco, California,” “pizza in Kansas City” or “mother’s day gift ideas.” – Hopefully this will translate into the UK version of “when will it rain today?”, “how screwed up is the underground?”, “where’s the nearest Wetherspoons?” 🙂

Tellme has put together a “unique version of this experience” for operators and manufacturers to use specifically for Windows Mobile 6.5 phones due out this autumn, as well as planning to distribute it through the Windows Marketplace for Mobile store.

Microsoft says their research shows that people prefer voice over touch, stating, as an example, “it requires four touches and more than 20 keystrokes to find a business with the Apple iPhone, while it only takes one button push and one verbal command to find the same business with Tellme”.

Apple iPhone owners have had the option of downloading Google’s voice search application since November 2008.

This service will be free at the launch of WinMo 6.5 as a download from the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, or pre-embedded by the carrier or handset makers.