The State of Voice Search in 2018

The future of voice search: 2020 and beyond

What does the future hold for voice search? If you search the web for these words – or a version of them – you’ll encounter no shortage of grand predictions.

“By 2020, 30% of web browsing sessions will be done without a screen.” Or, “By 2020, 50% of all searches will be conducted via voice.” (I’ll come back to that one in a second). Or, “2017 will be the year of voice search.” Oops, looks like we might have missed the boat on that last one.

The state of natural language & conversational search in 2018

As human beings, we use our voices for conversation. When we interact with voice interfaces, therefore, our natural instinct is to apply the same rules that we would to a human conversation.

We expect to be understood, but more than this, we expect the entity we’re conversing with to remember the history of our conversation and understand the context of any following remarks.

The state of mobile voice search in 2018

The voice revolution is upon us. The big tech companies are going head-to-head on voice technology, sales of voice-activated smart speakers are on the rise, and the future of search could be SERP-less.

At least, that’s what numerous think-pieces, blog posts, talks and pundits are saying about voice search – and have been saying for some time now. But does the evidence match up to the hype?