Voice Actions for Android

Google hosted a press conference today, and had some pretty exciting news to share. Among the items discussed, Voice Actions for Android is among the cooler features. It is limited to Froyo users, so if you don’t have it yet this is something you’ll have to look forward to.

“Voice Actions are a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone using your voice. Call businesses and contacts, send texts and email, listen to music, browse the web, and complete common tasks, all just by speaking into your phone.”
Google Mobile Blog

Using Voice Actions is pretty basic. You press the microphone button and just talk. This is really going to change the way we use mobile phones. As they point out in the video, phones are designed to speak into. This feature helps a phone realize its full potential. Imagine being able to speak an email or text message, or to call someone without having to set up voice dialing on the device. I am looking forward to the navigation features. With this feature you won’t have to wait to start your trip until you’ve typed in your destination. You can just push the button and talk at any time. From the preview at the I/O conference to the video below, this product appears to really work.

If you have Froyo, you just scored. If you don’t have it yet, I share your eager anticipation. The phone I am about to pick up is stuck on Android 1.6 for now. I think Google really knocked this one out of the park. I’ll try to test it out on some alternative devices and report back about how it works. Be sure to check out the video below.

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