How Google Search Dealt With Mobile

Instead of viewing queries as instructions submitted to a computer system, Google would regard all input as conversational…

Making that change required two initiatives. First, Google’s search engine had to up its game to listen more carefully, parsing even semi-garbled audio input with the skill that only humans had previously displayed at that task. Then Google had to make sure that when people spoke to their phones — or conversed colloquially by text on the search field — its system would know what the heck people were talking about.

via How Google Search Dealt With Mobile — Backchannel — Medium.