Google introduces “Voice Actions for Android,” a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone using voice. “To use Voice Actions, tap the microphone button on Google search box on home screen, or press down phone’s physical button for a few seconds to activate “Speak Now” screen,” informs Google.
You can speak any of these commands:
- 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]
You can also conduct a Google search using voice.
Also, released an updated Google search widget for Android. When you type a local search query, you’ll see suggested results, and to refine your queries just tap “pencil icon” that appears to the right of search suggestions.
Both Voice Actions and Search widget require Android 2.2 (Froyo), and will be pre-installed on Droid 2.
For Android 2.2 on Nexus One, HTC Evo or original Droid, search following app updates in Android Market: Voice Search (includes Voice Actions), Google Search widget, and music apps (e.g. Pandora, Last.fm, Rdio, mSpot).
To get started fast, scan the QR codes for these apps below:
Voice Search Search widget