Google launches Voice Access app, promises Android users hands-free control

Google launches Voice Access app, promises Android users hands-free control
After two years of testing, Google has finally launched Voice Access, an Android app that offers hands-free support. Starting today, Voice Access is available globally with support for English commands, but additional language support will be available in the future.

Android homepage using Voice Access

Android homepage using Voice Access

With Voice Access, Android users will be able to navigate through apps, compose and edit text without using their hands, as well as talk to the Google Assistant. The app is supposed to offer “more fine-grained controls than other voice commands you might use on your phone,” which makes it kind of unique.

The most important feature of the app is the option to tap buttons and controls within apps, or scroll and navigate app screens by simply using your voice. That makes Voice Access extremely useful to individuals with Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, spinal cord injury, as well as people who don't have a disability but have their hands full for whatever reason.

In order to use Voice Access to compose and edit a text message hands-free, you'll have to say “Ok Google,” while opening another app can be done with the “open” command. The app even allows users to replace parts of a text message using their voices by using commands like “delete the line” or “replace tomorrow with Saturday.”

Google's Voice Access allows Android users to take advantage of many other commands, which are available on the app's support page, so make sure to check that out.

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4 Comments

1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Sounds very useful.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 3744; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Wasn't as easy to use as Bixby but has some practicality. Had to uninstall it though as it would lock up my phone dialer where I couldn't answer calls by hitting the pick up button.

3. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1071; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Just tried it on my OP6. Works like a charm.

4. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1078; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I used the beta for quite a while and that worked pretty good. Glad to see it's finally out of testing.

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