Friday, August 13, 2010

Android Voice Actions voice-enables just about everything

Google just made Android 2.2 (Froyo) something still more folks are going to want on their device, and now. Google introduced the really cool Voice Actions for Android on Thursday, but unfortunately, it requires Android 2.2.

Indeed, that limits your choice of devices that can run this new feature to only a few right now. To access the functionality (unless you have a Droid 2; it's pre-installed), you have to have Froyo and download Android Markets updates to:
  • Voice Search (this app includes Voice Actions)
  • Google Search widget
There's a way to "find music" using Voice Actions (including searching the Web), but to enable it, you'll have to update some music apps as well  (e.g. Pandora, Last.fm, Rdio, mSpot). This probably explains the Pandora update we just received last night.

Save up to 85% at Magmall.comHere's how Google describes it:
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]
"Note to self" is particularly cute; it sends an email to ... yourself ... as a reminder. Sorry, it's U.S. English only, for now.

Watch a video demo:





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