Originally at https://searchenginewatch.com/2016/06/03/what-does-meekers-internet-trends-report-tell-us-about-voice-search/

This week saw the publication of Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report, packed full of data and insights into the development of the internet and digital technology across the globe.

Particularly of interest to us here at Search Engine Watch is a 21-page section on the evolution of voice and natural language as a computing interface, titled ‘Re-Imagining Voice = A New Paradigm in Human-Computer Interaction’.

It looks at trends in recognition accuracy, voice assistants, voice search and sales of devices like the Amazon Echo to build up an accurate picture of how voice interface has progressed over the past few years, and is likely to progress in the future.

So what do we learn from the report and Meeker’s data about the role of voice in internet trends for 2016?

Voice search is growing exponentially

We know that voice is a fast-rising trend in search, as the proliferation of digital assistants and the advances in interpreting natural language queries make voice searching easier and more accurate.

But the figures from Meeker’s report show exactly to what extent voice search has grown over the past eight years, since the launch of the iPhone and Google Voice Search in 2008. Google voice queries have risen more than 35-fold from 2008 to today, according to Google Trends, with “call mom” and “navigate home” being two of the most commonly-used voice commands.

<img class="aligncenter wp-image-60794" src="https://searchenginewatch.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2016/06/voice-search-queries.jpg" alt="A slide from Meeker's trends report showing the rise in Google Voice Search queries since 2008. The heading reads, "Google Voice Search Queries = Up >35x since 2008 and >7x since 2010, per Google Trends". The graph below it tracks the rise of three terms: "Navigate Home", "Call Mom" and "Call Dad", represented by a red line, a blue line and an aqua line respectivel…

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