Yesterday, Google introduced a new feature for Android devices called VOICE ACTIONS. Voice Actions are a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone using your voice. With the press of a single button and a few spoken words, Android users can now send messages, play songs, call contacts, send email, visit websites, create notes or navigate to a destination. The video demo below is very impressive, but your success will vary depending on your voice clarity, pronunciation and background noise. I tested a few and was more successful in sending messages, visit websites and calling contacts. You will need to have much practice in order to have better accuracy, which I’d be doing over the next few days.
Google blog has a detailed writeup : http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2010/08/just-speak-it-introducing-voice-actions.html
Speak any of these commands to perform a Voice Action on your phone:
send text to [contact] [message]
listen to [artist/song/album]
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.
Both Voice Actions and the new Google search widget require Android 2.2 (Froyo), and will be pre-installed with the new Droid 2 phone from Motorola and Verizon. Voice Actions are currently available for U.S. English speakers.
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
Demo by Google’s Engineer Michael LeBeau
Google Voice Actions guide How to Use : http://www.google.com/mobile/voice-actions/index.html
Excellent hands on Review here : http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2367740,00.asp
You can also use your phone browser to download at this site :
OR SCAN these QR codes : LEFT – New Search Widget ; RIGHT – Voice Search Widget