Google Now will soon let you control media with your voice

Google Now will soon let you control media with your voice
Just last week, we were wondering when Google would be expanding voice controls to allow for media controls (not to mention when any voice command system would offer full voice controls), and it seems that the team at Google already had the plans in the works. It appears that Google Now will soon let you control media with your voice.

The feature is already available for some, but not for everyone. We tested it out and it does indeed work, and the commands that are working are quite nice. Saying "previous song" would restart the current song, rather than playing the previous song in the playlist. But, we found that saying "play next song", "next song/track", "stop music", or "pause music" worked just fine, although there was no way to restart the music once it was paused or stopped. Additionally, saying "volume up/down" or "lower/raise volume" bumped us into the volume settings menu, but didn't change anything.

Going by the general rules of Google's rollouts, the feature should make it out to most users within a week or two, so keep an eye out. This is definitely a solid addition to Google Now's voice commands, and is especially good timing, since these controls will be very nice to have with an Android Wear smartwatch.

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15 Comments

1. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

THE FUTURE

3. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

siri did in past ;)

7. engineer-1701d unregistered

my gs3 does this thought it was an android thing guess it was just carrier just like slip screen for years with Samsung galaxy s3

8. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

and Samsung + Vlingo did it on S2 before siri ;)

12. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

google voice command came before siri...

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Actually, more close to the present.. Cortana already does this all day long... ............. Actually, if Cortana keeps getting better,, at the speed MS is currently updating the PA I don't see how other VA's can keep up..... Nevertheless, I suspect iDroid has something up their sleeves to compete...

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Another part of the future of Google Own. With the "reasoning AI" that Google was discussing recently, it won't be that long before Google has a monopoly on human robots.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'm loving new on everywhere GN, even when off. (If charging) This is handy for my usage, let's me help myself an all those spy tracking agencies with much less effort or hands on doing this way.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Just think, with the new more affordable Moto E(verywhere), you can even afford to buy an always-on, always-listening phone for every room of your house. And with Android spyWear, wherever you go, your special friends will be with you there too, enjoying the moment, heck, being part of the specialness with you. What a beautiful world.

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

It was said in the seventies, big brother could flip your telephone on and listen in remotely. We used party lines to have long talks, omg dude, they know stuff.

9. engineer-1701d unregistered

that's easy to do I can be in phone room with toner mic and listen to people talking or music on the line

13. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

That's why you root the phone and make it your own, privacy guard buddy

11. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

The reason saying "previous song" is restarting the current song is because that's what happens when you hit the previous track/rewind button, which is essentially what the voice command is doing.

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, but that must be a bug... You're right about tapping back, an having to tap it twice for the previous track, but she you say "previous track" it should go to the last song... Cortana does this, and I'm sure GN is supposed to do it as well... It's still beta, so it'll get fixed...

15. michaelmicro unregistered

I'm glad Google are finally adding these controls. Controlling my media while driving is my primary use for Siri.

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