Understanding Technology as Situated Practice: Everyday use of Voice User Interfaces Among Diverse Groups of Users in Urban India

KENDALL, Linus, CHAUDHURI, Bidisha and BHALLA, Apoorva (2020). Understanding Technology as Situated Practice: Everyday use of Voice User Interfaces Among Diverse Groups of Users in Urban India. Information Systems Frontiers, 22 (3), 585-605.

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Abstract: As smartphones have become ubiquitous across urban India, voice user interfaces (VUIs) are increasingly becoming part of diverse groups of users’ daily experiences. These technologies are now generally accessible as a result of improvements in mobile Internet access, [-8.5pc]Biography is Required. Please provide. introduction of low-cost smartphones and the ongoing process of their localisation into Indian languages. However, when people engage with technologies in their everyday lives, they not only enact the material attributes of the artifact but also draw on their skills, social positions, prior experience and societal norms and expectations to make use of the artifact. Drawing on Orlikowski’s analytical framework of “technologies-in-practice” we engage in an interview-based exploratory study among diverse groups of users in urban India to understand use of VUIs as situated practice. We identify three technologies-in-practice emerging through enactment of VUIs on users’ smartphones: looking up, learning and leisure. We argue that – instead of asking why and how users appropriate VUIs – identifying different kinds of enactments of VUIs present researchers and practitioners with a more nuanced understanding of existing and potential use of VUIs across varied contexts.

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Additional Information: ** From Springer Nature via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ **Journal IDs: pissn 1387-3326; eissn 1572-9419 **Article IDs: publisher-id: s10796-020-10015-6; manuscript: 10015 **History: online 07-06-2020; published_online 07-06-2020; published 06-2020; registration 23-04-2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Article, Voice user interfaces, Voice-based search, Technologies-in-Practice
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10796-020-10015-6
Page Range: 585-605
SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2020 11:04
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 01:06
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26489

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