Android 5.0 lets you turn on and off your flashlight, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth via Google Now commands

Android 5.0 lets you turn on and off your flashlight, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth via Google Now commands
Up until now, Android users who wanted to use their phone as a flashlight would have to use the one provided by the manufacturer, or download an app from the Google Play Store. For those Android handsets with Android 5.0 installed, a Google Now command can now turn on your phone's flashlight feature simply by saying "Turn on flashlight" You can also say "Turn off flashlight" to turn off the light. With Lollipop, Google Now also will work with other commands such as "Turn on (and off) Wi-Fi" and "Turn on (and off) Bluetooth."

Besides receiving audio feedback of each command, a Google Now card will appear with a toggle switch inside it so you can quickly change the action that you've just requested. Other commands such as those to turn on/off Airplane Mode, Brightness or Volume do not work. Instead of your request to Google Now bringing on the desired change, the user is sent to the settings tab to manually change each setting.

Here is another reason why those with KitKat are anxiously looking forward to having their phone Lollipopped. Once you have Android 5.0 on your phone, you just might want to remove that popular "Brightest Flashlight Free" app which has been found to report your exact location and unique device identifier to third parties including ad networks.


source: AndroidPolice via AndroidCentral

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16 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

I thought Android already can do everything iOS or Siri can and more???

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5816; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

E.g. turn on wifi Before, it would give you a link to wifi settings Now, it turns it on, and gives you a toggle and link to wifi setting Now it saves us 1-2s, not really a big deal compared to before Google Now, Siri, Cortana all have their strengths and weakness There's none that's clearly far ahead of the others IMO

5. AlikMalix unregistered

vince, your last sentence - that was kinda my point...

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5816; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Good point then :)

7. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Google Now is not a "personal assistant". Its primary focus is voice searches. I think people expect it to do more and that's why Google is adding other functions to it. That said, I rarely ever talk to my phone and stuff like turning on and off Bluetooth, Wifi, etc. can be done faster with a swipe and a tap.

8. AlikMalix unregistered

You're right about everything... but Siri can do more settings than just toggle wifi and bt on and off... like changing your map from nightmode to daymode, and playing certain radio stations, opening certain apps, or remembering certain things and certain locations, and certain people on who is who... makes your everyday tasks handling just so much faster...

9. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Siri is billed as a "personal assistant", Now is not. And almost all of the stuff you listed can be done faster with swipes and taps. The only time Now and Siri are faster is when you're using them as a replacement for typing things.

10. AlikMalix unregistered

... and calling, and app launches, and locating people, and calling businesses that are not on your phone book "siri, call dominoes on Main street" "calling dominoes on 1234 main street New Jersey" and calculating large amount of numbers - its faster than typing in one by one "add 1234 plus 5678 plus 876543 minus 45 then add 8%" for example... but yes you're right many things are faster with swipes like the wifi and bt toggles... siri can change brightness on screen "change brightness to 80%" but it's just as fast to swipe up from bottom and choose brightness level... the best benefit to these from voice - is when using hands free like turning on BT or wifi... but I've never had to use voice for that when my phone is charging beyond my reach... I had Siri open apps for me, or play/change music from a distance though...

3. DasFriek

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

Although voice commands are great, it woul be nice if we could change the voice command names so iPhone Siri knows I'm talking too iPad Siri.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

why?...

12. Deadeye37

Posts: 312; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

Would it be too much for Google to add a widget, shortcut, notification icon, etc to turn on/off the torch? EVERYONE has that except for Vanilla android. :/

13. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Google Now in combination with tasker and autovoice can do anything you want. I am using voice commands for pretty much everything.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

And you're doing it all from a locked phone and turned-off screen?

16. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Yes. It's called autovoice continuous listening mode. Display is turned on and unlocked just by saying "unlock", or any other predefined word in any language. The battery is draining faster (30% faster), and media stream has to be muted, so it's good for use at home and in situations where there are few things to be done at once, e.g home automation. There is always "recognize mode", which doesn't consume battery and it works simply by saying "Ok Google" and then saying predefined command. I think that developer is working on a way to decrease battery consumption which is possible with newer chipsets.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

How different is it from saying "siri, where's my wife?" Or "give me directions to nearest gas station" or "is there McDonald's on my route?" or "play trance radio" "what's 75 times 567 and add 20%". Do u use one app for that or do u have to use all three?

15. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

So, when we made the switch from 4.2 to 4.3 and suddenly everyone could use the "always listening" feature in Google Now, the community asked and got an explanation that some underlying things had been changed that allowed that. Fine. But what about this one? If Google Now clearly understands the toggles being requested already, why can they not request an additional permission to perform these toggles on KitKat? What has changed between 4.4 and 5.0?

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