Voice Access, a new Android app from Google’s’ Accessibility team offers a hands-free experience helping users navigate through apps, compose and edit text, and talk to the Google Assistant.
The new app provides more fine-grained voice controls, such as voice can be used to “click” buttons and controls within apps, or scroll and navigate app screens.
Google says Voice Access offers great benefits for people with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, spinal cord injury and more.
The app also gives value to people who don’t have a disability—people juggling with groceries or in the middle of cooking.
Here is a screenshot of voice commands used by Voice Access:
Here is how to use Voice Access app:
- Users can compose or edit text message by saying “Ok Google,”
- Then saying “open” will bring up their favorite app.
- Next, speak the number of a text field to select that Voice Access displays
- Next up, say out loud a message, for example, “would you like to meet for lunch tomorrow?” and then edit the text using phrases, like “replace tomorrow with Saturday” to change the meeting day.
- Speak commands such as “delete the line” or “undo” to start over
- And when you are done, quite by saying “stop listening.”
Here are some Voice Access commands available to use:
- Navigate any screen by saying “Go back” or “Go home.”
- Interact with the current screen by saying “Click next” or “Scroll down.”
- Edit text and dictate by saying “Type hello” or “Replace coffee with tea.”
- Access on-screen help by saying “What can I say?”
- Stop Voice Access by saying “Stop listening.”
Other commands, such as “Open Gmail,” “Turn on Wi-Fi,” or “Set a timer for 5 minutes.”
For a full list of commands available with Voice Access, open the Voice Access app and navigate to the Voice Access settings and select “Show all commands.”
Voice Access now supports English commands and is available globally.
Google plans to add support for more language in the future.
Learn more about Voice Access and download the app from Google Play today.