Just over a year ago Google announced Voice Actions for Android in the US and now the company is spreading the love to the UK and beyond.
Voice Actions enables users to perform a number of tasks, such as sending a text, searching the internet or finding directions, entirely by voice. It ties in with Google Maps to search for a local business and dial it for you without any input other than voice. There are 13 actions available in total, so you can now dictate an email or even leave a note to yourself.
From today, Voice Actions is coming to the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain and as well as being available in additional countries, it is available in additional languages: British English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.
There are three way to use Voice Actions: tap the microphone button on the Google search box on your home screen; open the Voice Search app; or press down for a few seconds on the physical search button on your phone to activate the “Speak Now” screen. Check out the video below to see it in action.
Among the commands available in Voice Actions are:
- 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]
Voice Actions is available on phones and tablets running Android 2.2 and higher. If you don't have Voice Search on your phone yet, you can download it from the Android Market.
Source: Google Mobile Blog