Today’s Google Mobile even certainly did not disappoint. In addition to some minor improvements in Google Search, such as the ability to call businesses and play music from the web, Google introduced Voice Actions, a huge update to Android’s Voice Search application.
The video below demonstrates all the capabilities of the new application. If you’ve used Google’s speech-to-text functions before, you’ll know how well they work, and Voice Actions simply expands on that in a very powerful way.
As a quick reference, here is the full list of voice actions:
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]
Unfortunately, this is currently only available to phones running Android 2.2 – it will also come pre-loaded on the Droid 2, the first phone to launch with Android 2.2. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be working on all custom ROMs that run 2.2, developers may have to work it into their builds (Confirmed working on Nexus One running CM6). To download the application, find “Voice Search” in the Market and download it.
Google Voice Search will not appear in the Market for non-US phones (yet), as Google Voice Actions does not yet have multi-lingual support. If your phone does not mean the requirements to run the new Google Voice Search, you may also have difficult locating it in the Android Market. APK’s of this update to Voice Search have started floating around, so if anyone wants to confirm it’s working on their device, give us a holler!