Google's Nexus One Cleans Up Curse Words

Voice-recognition feature uses # symbols on its screen readout

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 23, 2010 2:57 PM CST

(Newser) – No cursing, please, your Nexus One might be listening: Reuters has discovered a quirk with the Google phone's nifty voice-recognition feature. If you say "bullshit," the readout on the screen will be "bull####." Ditto with other favorite phrases of the potty-mouthed. What gives? Google says it's not being prudish, just a little cautious.

“We filter potentially offensive or inappropriate results because we want to avoid situations whereby we might misrecognize a spoken query and return profanity when, in fact, the user said something completely innocent,” explains a spokeswoman.

The Nexus One phone from Google.
The Nexus One phone from Google.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
The Nexus One phone from Google.
The Nexus One phone from Google.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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