Google launches Voice Actions for Android users in Europeby Steven Mostyn - Sep 19 2011, 10:59
Putting the 'smart' in smartphone. Image: BitchBuzz/Flickr.
Google may be cutting services left, right and centre at the moment—including its creative Google Labs platform—but that doesn’t mean the tech titan is wanting for imagination.
Moreover, Google has this week unveiled a new regional version of Voice Actions for Android users, which enables them to issue a wide variety of commands to their smartphone handsets by merely barking out vocal instructions.
Voice Actions, which has been available in North America for more than a year, will now function across Europe thanks to language compatibility with British English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.
“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,” outlined Goggle in its official Mobile Blog.
By using Voice Actions, Android users can call specific people from their contacts lists, dictate and send text messages, input travel destinations and get instant turn-by-turn navigation, and even select the playback of on-board media.
Learn more about Voice Actions by watching the following video, and/or download it from the Android Market for free by clicking this official link.