Well, that was fast and cool, Google just rolled out a new Android feature that will change the way we all use our Android phones for various actions. The new feature called Voice Actions for Android which you can guess by its name enables you to control your phone using, well – spoken commands.
Voice Actions for Android lets you call businesses and contacts, send text and email, listen to music, browse the web and complete other common tasks without going through a series of tapping gestures on your Android phone’s screen. Well yeah, we all love the touchscreen functionality of our Android phones but admit it, voice command is way cooler, right?
Here are the commands that you can execute using this new feature:
- 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]
In addition to this cool feature, Google is also rolling out an enhancement to the Google Search widget for Android. This widget now displays suggested restaurants with addresses and ratings when you’re doing local search query. In addition, you can refine further your search using the pencil icon that appears to the right of the search suggestions.
Voice Actions for Android and the new Google Search widget for Android runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo). For those getting the Droid 2 phone from Motorola and Verizon, these features will already be activated. While for the rest of us with Android phones running on Android 2.2 will have to manually update the following Android apps – Google Search by Voice, Google Search and Voice Command as well as other related apps on our Android phones to get these features running.