Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Google launches Android app that uses only voice commands

Google launches Android app that uses only voice commands

The company says it was created to help people with debilitating diseases like Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis, but it should come in handy for folks who are multitasking or simply have their hands full. Tappable elements on the screen are overlaid with small numerals, so you can just call out any number to mimic a tap. Users who tried it said that it works like a charm. The user interacts with these verbally by choosing the number for the item they want - such as "9" to open the app assigned with the number nine - then proceeding with additional actions. Rather than having to navigate through settings menus to toggle the Wi-Fi, just say "turn on Wi-Fi" will enable it. To review, Google Voice Access has been in beta since April 2016, and is gone for individuals with restricted mobility. This is where Voice Access is really meant to shine, and is the primary intent of the Google Accessibility team that's working on this service. The tech giant has made this app keeping in mind the millions of people with motor and mobility impairments. But, if new technology isn't accessible for everyone, like for the 62 million people in the USA with limited mobility, it doesn't make life easier. Her feedback, as well as the feedback from other testers, helped in shaping a new product which will be known as "Voice Access". This app uses my voice and I am able to access the world. "It has become a huge staple in my life". With the new app, you can "click buttons", control apps, scroll and navigate app screens and basically do nearly anything, without having to touch the phone.

Google asserts that it concentrated on users with issues, like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, arthritis and others to build up the availability application. The status bar transcribes what you're saying in real time, so you have to be careful to avoid idle banter while Voice Access is running.

Pitched as an accessibility tool, Voice Access fills in many gaps in Android's voice control system, making it possible to navigate apps, edit text and much more.

Voice Access also gives numbers to all clickable options, when it can not recognize all of them. If one desires to edit the message, he/she can do so by using phrases like "replace tomorrow with Saturday" or "delete the line". In addition to responding to commands, engaging this mode keeps Assistant in a continuous listening mode so you don't need to invoke it repeatedly. More language support will be launched in the future. For now, the Voice Access app comes with English language support and is available on Google Play store for download globally.

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