Google Introduces Voice Actions for Android
Aug 12, 2010 7:04 PM –
Why tap, type or Swype controls for your Android smartphone. Google introduced a feature today only available for Android 2.2 phone (pre-installed on DROID 2) called Voice Actions for Android which allow you to control your phone by speaking: text and emails, launch music, websites, and searches, call contacts and businesses, speak notes, and map directions with turn-by-turn navigation!
Speak any of these commands to perform a Voice Action on your phone:
- send text to [contact] [message]
- listen to [artist/song/album]
- call [business]
- call [contact]
- send email to [contact] [message]
- go to [website]
- note to self [note]
- navigate to [location/business name]
- directions to [location/business name]
- map of [location]
And of course, you can still conduct a Google search using your voice.
Voice Actions only work with US English speakers right now.
Download and Get Started
If you have another phone with Android 2.2 (like the Nexus One, HTC Evo or the original Droid), you’ll need to download several app updates from Android Market to get all the latest goodness:
- Voice Search (this app includes Voice Actions)
- Google Search widget
- music apps (e.g. Pandora, Last.fm, Rdio, mSpot)
Use both QR barcodes we’ve provided above to download the Voice Search and Search Widget apps from the Android Market!
[Via Google Mobile Blog]