Google Introduces Voice Actions for Android

Voice Actions for android are set of voice commands which will let you use your smartphone based on the things you say. Call businesses and contacts, send texts and email, listen to music, browse the web, and complete common tasks, all just by speaking into your phone.

Honestly speaking, this isn’t the first time I have heard of “voice actions”. In fact to be more honest, I had this a decade ago in my Nokia 3330. But as android industry grows, it is obvious that they should be integrating such features in firmware.

To use Voice Actions, tap the microphone button on the Google search box on your home screen, or press down for a few seconds on the physical search button on your phone to activate the “Speak Now” screen.

Below is a video tutorial on how it works

Following are the commands which could be used

  • 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 also search Google via your voice.

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