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Google to reveal touch-free Voice Access tools for Android at I/O

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Google’s will likely introduce a new Voice Access feature, which will allow users to control apps and services completely by voice.

According to the Google I/O schedule, announced by the company on Wednesday, the company will reveal a service that “gives anyone access to their Android device through voice alone.”

Developers will be given the opportunity to build Voice Access into the apps, the description of the talk, entitled “Your app, now available hands free,” explains.

The company writes (via Android Police): “Mobile hardware has adopted the touch screen as the primary mode of input. And with 1 billion active Android users, there’s no sign of this slowing down. What if you could provide users with a new method of access to your apps with little to no development overhead?

"In this talk, we introduce Voice Access, a service that gives anyone access to their Android device through voice alone. We will focus on simple steps developers can follow to ensure that Voice Access provides an optimal experience within their apps.”

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The news comes after Google inadvertently confirmed the Android M operating system will also be announced at Google I/O. Whether Voice Access is exclusive to Android M or will be available to all via a Google Play Services update remains to be seen.

Google has gradually been boosting its voice-aided software within Android and Chrome. Android users can currently use the "OK Google" feature to set calendar appointments, open apps, search the web, set alarms, get directions and much more.

The company recently boosted the functionality to include third-party apps, like NPR, for the first time.

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