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Google Voice Access lets you control a phone with just your voice

Google has launched a new Voice Access app, which will allow users to control their Android handset completely via voice commands.

After downloading the new beta app, users will be able to use commands like “open Chrome,” “go home,” “scroll down,” and more.

Voice Access also uses numbers to identify apps and menu options, making it easier for users just to speak them to complete the request.

The accessibility app is designed to assist those who may find it difficult to navigate around a touchscreen.

See also: Android N hands-on

In a post on the Google blog (via  AndroidPolice), the company wrote: “We recently launched Voice Access Beta, an app that allows people who have difficulty manipulating a touch screen due to paralysis, tremor, temporary injury or other reasons to control their Android devices by voice.

“For example, you can say “open Chrome” or “go home” to navigate around the phone, or interact with the screen by saying “click next” or “scroll down.”

The app was scheduled to be announced at Google I/O 2015, but was scratched at the last minute.

Interested parties can sign up to become a tester from today, while the app can also be downloaded directly from the Play Store.

Elsewhere in the blog, Google explained new improvements for the visually impaired within the forthcoming Android N release, while Google Docs now enables voice editing of documents.

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