Bangalore: Google has released a new mobile app, called Voice Actions, for the Android mobile phones. This new app allows you to control your phone via interactive voice commands. With this app at your service, you can perform the common Android actions by just ‘talking’ to the phone.
The new feature was described in the Official Google Blog. Google said, “Our mobile phones have become modern-day Swiss Army knives. An Android phone is a handheld computer, a music player, a notepad, a GPS navigation unit and more, all rolled into one sleek device that fits in your pocket. Even though our phones do all these new things, the most natural way of interacting with a phone remains what it always has been: speaking. And to that end, we’re pleased to introduce Voice Actions for Android.”
With the help of Voice Actions, you can browse the web, listen to music, send texts and emails, and call businesses and contacts. However, to use the app, it is necessary to activate the ‘Speak Now’ screen on the phone physical search button or tap the microphone button that is displayed on the search box of Google on the user’s home screen. Other things that Voice Actions allows users to do is navigate to a location or get a map or directions, record a note to self, set alarms etc.
The thing to be noted here is that Voice Actions would require Android 2.2 (Froyo) to run. Froyo will come pre-installed with the new Droid 2 phones from Motorola.