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Voice Search by Algolia

Voice search API for apps, mobile sites, and voice assistants

Combine contextual understanding, natural language processing and understanding, and voice AI tools to surface relevant results based on intent.

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Getting Started with Algolia voice search

  • 1. Load your data to our server

    We'll have our search engine index it, host it, and make it available anywhere at unparalleled speeds.

  • 2. Tell us what's important to you

    Which textual content do you most value for voice search? Which metrics determine your popular content? With our voice search platform, you control your ranking formula.

  • 3. Add input to your apps and websites

    Use our client libraries to take advantage of our native-speech-to-text capabilities, or integrate your own through a third party.

  • 4. Optimize your results over time

    Use personalization, dynamic reranking, and natural-language learning to apply AI learning to your users' voice searches and continually improve voice search results.

Voice search for multiple platforms

Voice search API for voice assistants and mobile devices.
  • Smart voice assistants

    If your company has an Amazon Alexa skill or Google Assistant action, our voice search capabilities can improve them. Instead of forcing your users to make endless decisions about what they want, you can let them search by voice and get immediate, accurate results from our advanced voice search functionality.

  • Mobile devices

    We provide voice search for both mobile apps and mobile websites. The most common use of voice search is not with smart speakers but on mobile devices such as Apple iPhones (using Siri) and Android phones. More than half of voice searchers are speaking voice commands on their mobile devices every day. They’re looking for information about events on social media, or they're doing local searches, such as for local businesses that carry a product they want. Twenty percent of all searches being done on mobile devices are by voice, so it pays to optimize for this type of search.

Voice search technologies

Getting helpful information using voice search can be a huge help for employees at the office, as well as in professional settings. You can use voice functionality to give employees the information they’re requesting, or to help your customers find details they need.

Voice search functionality with natural language understanding capabilities.Open source iOS and Android speech-to-text libraries for mobile apps and websites.Enhance search experience by combining textual relevance and business metrics with NLP & NLU.NLP functionality that is familiar with dozens of languages internationally.Personalized and AI-powered search functionality.
Voice search functionality with natural language understanding capabilities.

Finely tuned natural-language understanding

Our natural-language understanding (NLU) capabilities ensure that even the most complex voice search queries lead your users to the right information.Algolia Answers uses semantic understanding to return the best answers to voice search questions, even when the information is buried deep in your text. Our testing has shown an improvement in 90% of natural-language queries when using Algolia Answers. Plus, our rules engine scans for important information in order to narrow your users’ voice searches.

Open source iOS and Android speech-to-text libraries for mobile apps and websites.

Super speech-to-text libraries

We provide free open-source libraries that you can take advantage of when adding voice search technology to your mobile apps and mobile websites. We supply libraries for iOS voice search and Android voice search, and for use in mobile browsers.

Enhance search experience by combining textual relevance and business metrics with NLP & NLU.

Excellent textual relevance

The best speech-to-text or natural language understanding fails if the search engine doesn’t understand the textual relevance. Our search engine optimization technology combines textual relevance and your business metrics with our natural-language processing and natural-language understanding to supply unparalleled voice search experiences.

NLP functionality that is familiar with dozens of languages internationally.

Support for many languages

Our natural-language processing functionality works across dozens of languages internationally, and our infrastructure is distributed, so we can support your voice searchers regardless of where they’re located.

Personalized and AI-powered search functionality.

First-rate personalization

When people speak voice commands, they expect to be understood as if they're talking to a human. That’s why we offer personalized AI-powered functionality. We learn your users’ preferences and tailor the results to their interests.

A robust product suite

We provide multiple machine-learning-powered voice search products to help you optimize your voice search offerings. These include:

Answer for Support

Algolia Answers for Publishers

Our voice search solution understands your most challenging natural language in spoken search terms and can effectively pull the best answers to search queries from deep within your content.

Algolia AI Dynamic Synonym Suggestions

This product uses AI-generated synonyms to understand voice searchers' intent from the minute they start using a voice assistant or speaking voice commands on their mobile device.

Learn how delightful voice search benefits media companies

Nic Chikhani,Vice President of Product

Weight Watcher

“Algolia helps us to unlock the potential for how voice search can enrich our members’ lives. Its technology allows us to process users’ complex queries, providing the right results the first time.”

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Voice search FAQs

  • People are searching by voice more and more. While voice search was not something many people did five years ago, with the improvement of speech recognition on iOS, Android, and the web, voice search has taken off on all of these platforms. The trends all point to the same thing: if businesses provide a voice input option on the search bar in their apps and on websites, people will take advantage of it.

  • The best voice search technology gives users and customers the ability to search by voice with natural language or keyword queries. This opens up more interactive opportunities when people are on the go, taking public transportation, or simply have their hands full. To best serve these types of voice searches, it is important to have technology that can understand what people are saying and personalize the results for them.

  • Not only does voice search facilitate accessibility, it can be more convenient than typing, especially on platforms such as mobile or smart television, where typing can be error prone or a hassle.