Google's Nexus One Easily Offended by Foul Language

Paul Lilly

Don't try yelling out a string of obscenities at your Nexus One, because if you do, all you're going to see are a bunch of pound signs. And do you really want to try and figure out later on what you meant when you said '####### #######, #### you!'?

This foul-mouth filter is a feature of the Nexus One's built-in voice recognition, and according to a Google spokeswoman, replacing curse words with # symbols has little to do with teaching manners and everything to do with making sure offending terms don't appear in transcriptions.

"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," Google explained. "Ultimately our goal is return results that show exactly what you said, and we're constantly working to improve the technology to better fit outrusers' needs.

So there you have it--blame the current state of voice recognition technology, and not the the smartphone. Don't like it, little Johnny? Too ####### bad.

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