Voice Actions, a series of spoken commands that let you control your Android phone or tablet with your voice was introduced in the US on August 12, 201. Today, Google Mobile team announced that "users in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain can now use Voice Actions in British English, French, Italian, German and Spanish."
To use Voice Actions, tap the microphone button on the Google search box on your home screen, open the Voice Search app, or press down for a few seconds on the physical search button on your phone to activate the "Speak Now" screen. You can call businesses and contacts, send texts, browse the web and complete other common tasks, all just by speaking into your phone.
Speak any of these commands to perform a Voice Action on your phone:
- send text to [contact] [message]
- call [business]
- call [contact]
- go to [website]
- 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.
Voice Actions are available for Android devices on 2.2 and higher, and you can download it from Android Market.
You can see how it works in this video: