Google launches Voice Access app, promises Android users hands-free control

Google launches Voice Access app, promises Android users hands-free control

Today's mobile devices rely on touch-screen technology for nearly everything, but you can now control your Android phone entirely by voice.

Voice Access is created to offer hands-free support on your Android, but so far only works in English. Using the app, one can navigate through the phone with voice instructions. You couldn't download it without first joining Google's beta testing group on the Play Store. The search giant has been working on it for two years and now finally the app is available to download globally. "Voice Access is an accessibility service that lets you control your device with spoken commands".

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Once you've got it set up, you can launch apps, scroll up and down, and tap on things without lifting a finger. It offers a deeper integration with the OS and the control of apps, allowing you to “tap” buttons with the application itself. It also assigns numbers to buttons on screen for easy selection. It listens continuously, too. In order to use Voice Access to compose and edit a text message hands-free, you'll have to say "Ok Google", while opening another app can be done with the "open" command. For example, "Go to Chrome" will always open your browser no matter where you are. You can launch it without touching anything by calling up Assistant with "OK Google" and asking it for Voice Access. Once installed, the feature can be turned on by going into Settings Accessibility and turning on the Voice Access switch. Then, select the text field by speaking the number Voice Access displays next to it.

"When using Voice Access, you can compose and edit a text message hands free by saying "Ok Google, ' and open your favourite app with the "open" command". However, those without a disability might still find it useful.

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