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May 1, 2015

Google Gives More Functionality to Android Voice Commands

Google wants to get you talking — because typing is just so 2014.

The tech giant has added more voice commands to Android making it easier for the owners of said Smartphones to get chatting with their devices.

g+_verbspace“Did you know you can ask the #Googleapp to put your other Android apps to work? Starting today, you can say things like, ‘OK Google, Shazam this song,’ or ‘OK Google, listen to NPR’,” the company said in a Google+ post.

Google has continuously been building on its voice commands, making the hands-free ‘OK Google’ better over time. And now it works not only with its own apps, but third-party apps such as Shazam, TuneIn, NPR, TripAdvisor, and Flixster.

As always, to take advantage of the new functionality, you must make sure you have the latest version of the Google app and the Android apps that work with this feature.

Google in the past has brought voice controls to both its Chrome browser and Chromebooks, permitting you to give oral commands that Google will the try to comply with.

Using Chrome, for instance, you, hands-free, could ask: “OK Google, will it be sunny in Boston this weekend?” and receive a spoken answer. You could then ask follow-up questions such as: “how far is it from here?” to receive directions and travel time.

To find new ways to use the OK Google function click here.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.