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Google Now may expand to include in-app voice controls

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Google Now may expand to include in-app voice controls
While this rumor has just now popped up backed by some interesting mockups from Android Police, the functionality is actually something that seems less like a rumor and more like something that is inevitable, but hasn't been officially announced yet. The idea is about the expansion of Google Now voice controls, not just being able to invoke voice command from more places in Android, but to add more controls in apps. 

AP has a whole write up about why they believe this feature is on the way, but we actually didn't finish reading the article because the evidence is pretty blatant: Google showed us this exact functionality in the demo videos for Android Wear. In those videos, Google showed that developers would be given the ability to add voice command functionality for the Android Wear extensions of apps. This would mean that when you get a Facebook Messenger notification, you could simply say "reply..." to send a message back. Google implied that there would be ways to add various different voice commands for your apps. Since all of the actual work for this functionality is executed by your smartphone and not by the Android Wear device itself, it seems reasonable to assume that this functionality would exist in apps on your phone as well. The idea is something that we have seen as part of the Ubuntu Touch platform, where you can use voice commands for basic functionality in an app, be it photo editing, messaging, navigation, etc. 

The piece of the rumor from AP that goes beyond the obvious is also something that seems quite difficult to believe. The rumor posits that the home button would be replaced with a Google button, which would function as a trigger for search and voice commands from everywhere. While it would be cool to have a dedicated search button back, it causes a bit problem with the simple action of getting back to your home screen. Apparently, to do this simple task, you'd have to use the multitasking button then swipe to the right, which is an absolutely terrible idea. Of course, this apart is supposedly all in testing, so it could very well change, and we would hope at least this last bit does change before becoming final. 

source: Android Wear

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posted on 25 Apr 2014, 19:56

1. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


And how about project Majal...where are we with that?

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 01:06

3. PBXtech (Posts: 983; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


I thought Majel evolved into Google Now.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 23:29 2

2. Penny (Posts: 1264; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Seems like it would be a reasonable addition, and would definitely add to the usefulness of Google Now. I do like the way Microsoft implemented it with Cortana: Cortana can inherently launch any app, but the developer of the app can additionally choose to code any voice commands that they want, and the user can say those commands through Cortana. This method makes Cortana's app controlling abilities extremely scalable and allows app developers to bring a new dimension to their applications.

I hope Google makes that type of consideration in regard to scalability with however they choose to implement this.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 02:13

4. amsam7 (Posts: 10; Member since: 07 Apr 2014)


Dear cortana, let the google now copy now

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 06:42 2

5. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly how long has Google Now been out? How long has Cortana been out?

I see you also didnt read the article....

"AP has a whole write up about why they believe this feature is on the way, but we actually didn't finish reading the article because the evidence is pretty blatant: Google showed us this exact functionality in the demo videos for Android Wear."

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 08:51

7. franknyarkoh (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


it seems my friend you have a shallow knowledge of voice commands on windows phone. it actually started with window mobile not Cortana

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 09:55

8. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


The post I was responding to specifically said Google Now and Cortana...

I had voice commands on my E815.....waaaay back 2005.. And that wasnt even Win Mo.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 10:03 1

9. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


People were using voice commands on regular cellphones. My phone history doesnt start at Android...

I never said MS wasnt the first to use it.....I know they were there from the beginning. That post was about Google Now vs Cortana.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 07:05 1

6. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


This would mean that when you get a Facebook Messenger notification, you could simply say "reply..." to send a message back.

I laughed too much at this line. The facebook messenger app still doesn't follow any design guidelines of android, and if this change becomes real, it will take them at least 28-30 years to bring that to the android app.

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