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Android Voice Actions tout hands-off texting, e-mail

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Thu August 12, 2010

Google Voice Actions add SMS and biz calls

Google at its special mobile event today showed a slew of new voice features to help give Android an edge. Voice Search has now been upgraded with Voice Actions that can perform many tasks just through speech recognition. It's now possible to write e-mail or a text message solely through voice. Calls can also now use speech recognition beyond contacts as Android can call a store or other business that Google already lists.

Non-communication tasks have been given a lift as well. Music searches will optionally play the music directly in Internet radio apps, such as Last.fm or Pandora. Alarm clock and voice memos now work through voice as well, Google said. Maps, websites and other searches are options as well.

The feature's accessibility is currently limited. The new Voice Search app comes preloaded on the Motorola Droid 2 but is an upgrade elsewhere. It also works only on Android 2.2 devices and will lock out most older smartphones and even newer ones like the Samsung Galaxy S series.

Google's additions are an escalation in features versus Apple. The mobile challenger preempted Google with more advanced voice commands over a year ago with Voice Control on the iPhone 3GS, but virtually all the recognized commands apply to locally stored data, such as music or contacts.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +1

    Wait!

    I thought they were holding a special event just to show off some lame FaceTime rip-off.

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009

    +2

    Looks like


    Apple has some serious catching up to do.

  1. PRoth

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    Joined: Aug 2008

    -3

    Perfect!

    All you need on the other end is a text-to-audio feature. It could be called the "Synthetic Voice Conversation" feature.

    I'll have my robots talk to your robots, let's do lunch.

  1. ccrider

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    Joined: Mar 2001

    +1

    Siri

    That's pretty impressive -
    Hopefully apple's acquisition of Siri leads to something like this on the iPhone.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Wait! Looks More Like ...

    I thought they were holding a special event just to show off some lame FaceTime rip-off.

    Wrong as usual. Seems they were holding a special event just to show off some evolutionarily obvious voice control extensions.


    The feature's accessibility is currently limited. The new Voice Search app comes preloaded on the Motorola Droid 2 but is an upgrade elsewhere. It also works only on Android 2.2 devices and will lock out most older smartphones and even newer ones like the Samsung Galaxy S series.

    Looks more like Android has some serious catching up to do - with itself.

  1. ionlyuseosx

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    One major problem going with a Google phone

    Software updates. My original iPhone saw three major OS releases over 3 years before it got stuck in time. Google phones out there now are not even at version 2.2 of Android and who knows when they will be running the latest OS.

    Why is the Droid X not running Android 2.2? It's a brand new phone!!!

  1. KanMac

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    Joined: Dec 2009

    +4

    Oh boy

    I can't wait to be around a bunch of phone users, no matter what brand, that can use a feature like this. It's bad enough with just the basic phone call lack of etiquette we are exposed to.

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