A little over a year ago Google introduced Voice Actions, which allowed Android users to perform a variety of tasks by simply issuing voice commands. Unfortunately, to the chagrin of non-English speakers, the app was only available in US English. Today Google is updating Voice Actions for users in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain with support for British English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.

To use Voice Actions simply say one of the following commands (spoken in any of the aforementioned languages):

  • 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]

It is also possible to perform standard Google searches with Voice Actions.

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Voice Actions is available on all Android devices running Android 2.2 and above. To use it simply hit the microphone icon next to the Google search box on your home screen. If the search box is not immediately visible, add it as a widget or alternatively, download Voice Search from the Android Market.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • Elias

    Brazilian portuguese?

  • http://androidpaper.com Fulvio Minichini

    I am Italian and I was waiting this moment since I got my first Android Phone. Nothing more oleophobic than Voice Actions

  • Rick

    No Polish... SH!T

    -> iOS got it from long time... And it doesn't need net...

    Shame google, really shame of you.

    • someone

      Have you even used any non internet based phone speech recognition?

      Most/all of them suck, especially in a noisy environment.

  • http://androidpaper.com Fulvio Minichini

    iOS voice recognition is simply stressing. At least in Italian.

  • http://stuarthalliday.com Stuart Halliday

    As there is no such thing as 'British English' I wonder how this'll work for the majority of us British!

  • http://stuarthalliday.com Stuart Halliday

    Well just tried it. As useless as before. Doesn't work if you live outside London...

  • jimmy

    working ok ish for me from manchester, still struggles with some things though. wanted this to work properly for us for ages and now i doubt i'll even remember to use it

  • some guy

    QR not working.
    "The requested item could not be found."