Google has recently done some censoring that actually make a bit of sense for once when it comes to the voice – to – text input in Nexus One. Here it gives more features while converting voice to text in Nexus One…..
In early days, Google had faced a lot of challenge for going along with censorship in China. In Nexus One Google featured a voice-to-text input that will let you speak a message for texting into it, although its not accurate yet. To help avoiding this possible social fauxpas, it is converting anything that sounds unsocial into ‘#’ symbols…. So if you want to text someone jokingly about where they are, it would appear as “where the #### are you?”……..
Google has issued an official statement about the situation:
“We filter potentially offensive or inappropriate results because we want to avoid situations whereby we might misrecognize a spoken query and return profanity when, in fact, the user said something completely innocent. Ultimately our goal is to return results that show exactly what you said, and we’re constantly working to improve the technology to better fit our users’ needs.”
So, no, this isn’t Google trying to clean up your language for you, or anything nefarious, it is the company trying to compensate for the shortfalls of its technology. Hopefully someday the software will be able to compensate for these problems, but until then, we’re all just #### out of luck.