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Web Development July 18, 2023

Decoding Voice Search: Why We Prefer Not to Implement It

Decoding Voice Search: Why We Prefer Not to Implement It

As a web development company, we at Global Concept are committed to ensuring our websites and applications are sleek, fast, and highly functional. One feature we often get asked about is voice search functionality - a common feature in many modern applications. However, after careful consideration, we usually advise our clients not to include this feature in their web applications and websites. Here's why:

Understanding Voice Search

Voice search is not as complex as it might initially seem. It operates on a simple principle: converting speech into text using tools like Google's Speech-to-Text API. This text is then processed as a regular text search query. It sounds handy, and in many scenarios, it certainly can be. However, it's important to remember that most modern smartphones and devices come equipped with built-in voice search capabilities. This means implementing voice search functionality into a website or application can often be redundant.

Prioritizing Functionality and Speed

Our focus is on delivering a clean, fast, and efficient user experience. Including a voice search button could use up valuable screen space, which could otherwise be allocated to a more unique and useful feature. For instance, a barcode camera scanner search, which could provide a more interactive and engaging user experience.

Adding the voice search feature also means adding additional JavaScript dependencies to the site. While these dependencies might seem small, they can contribute to slowing down the website. In a world where every millisecond counts, we believe it's crucial to avoid unnecessary bloat and prioritize speed.

Streamlining User Experience

While voice search can be a convenient feature, it's not universally beneficial or necessary. Since most devices already support voice-to-text functionality at the system level, including it in a web application or website can be skipped. By keeping our websites and applications streamlined and focused on core functionality, we ensure that we're providing users with a smooth and efficient experience, free from unnecessary features.

Balancing Feature Inclusion

It's also important to remember that not every feature adds value to every project. While voice search can be beneficial in certain contexts, it's not universally applicable or useful. Including unnecessary features can lead to a cluttered user interface and an over-complicated user experience.

At Global Concept, we aim to balance feature inclusion, ensuring we provide our users with the tools they need without overloading them with unnecessary extras. Our goal is to build web applications and websites that are purpose-driven, efficient, and user-friendly.

Conclusion

While we recognize the benefits of voice search, we believe its implementation within websites and web applications is not always necessary. By prioritizing functionality, speed, and a streamlined user experience, we ensure our products are efficient and serve their intended purpose effectively. We're committed to driving innovation while keeping our applications simple, clean, and user-centric.

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