Google's Voice Access app gives you complete voice control over your Android device

Google's Voice Access app gives you complete voice control over your Android device

It is often said that smartphones bring the entire human knowledge at our fingertips. Unfortunately, however, we actually need to use our fingers to access our smartphones. It is true that, in the past few years, Google has significantly improved the way that Android responds to voice input, but if you've ever set out to use a smartphone to its fullest just using your voice, you're probably well aware of the limitations.

It's in this context that Google has introduced Voice Access, an experimental app that allows Android users to control their device by voice. Google has published a beta version of the app on the Play Store, but at the time this article was published, all of the beta-tester positions have been filled. Don't worry, though, we've included a link to an APK mirror at the bottom of this article.

Once Google Voice Access is enabled, every element on the screen - app icons, navigation buttons, text fields, search icons, etc - is assigned a number. The user is able to simulate a tap on a button by spelling out that number. Furthermore, users can also use commands such as “open Chrome”, “go home”, “click next”, or “scroll down" to navigate the device.

The new Google Voice Access app only complements Google's push towards making Android more accessible: the new Android N Preview comes with improved accessibility features while the Google Docs have recently been updated with improved voice commands.

What do you guys think of this new Android feature? 

source: Google | APK Mirror

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8 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

That moment when your phone literally goes home from work.

2. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 641; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I think Its better than what the iPhone's got.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That moment you realize how lazy some people really are.

5. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Did you read the source link? It's main purpose is for people with disabilities.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah but the main people using it will be lazy people and you know it.

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The entire mobile industry has made people lazy. We had all of this stuff before, just not all in one convenient and easy to carry device. Before this you carried a cell phone, a laptop, a media player, and a GPS unit. Now all they have to carry is a smartphone. With social media you don't have to actually go outside and meet people, and digital assistants have freed people from having to actually type their queries. But this is where we take a stand on lazy people, for something designed for people with disabilities? The internet wasn't originally for the regular person either, but look at it now. Of anything, it's probably made people lazier than any other thing we have today.

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I can be lazy without my phone and the internet just sayin and i'm not taking a stand on being lazy hell I am lazy lol.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I like to see tech going in this direction, helping the disadvantaged. I hope it works really well.

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