voice-control

Google app update adds more voice commands, ‘Ok, Google’ Offline

Google has not officially released the Google App v4.8 but a new APK was sighted. The app was updated last Friday but it seems the official version has not yet been posted on Google Play. A recent APK Teardown gives us an idea of the new features and and some updates including new icons, reminders shortcut, local maps, Google Cast, voice commands for brightness and volume, insecure network warning, and “OK, Google” offline.

Send messages through voice with Touchless Chat Android app

While digital voice assistants can do a lot of things already, sometimes, you'd want them to just do a basic function, like messaging. Fortunately, you have apps that can do that for you now. One of the "smartest" in the market is called Touchless Chat, and based on its name, you already know what it's all about. Using the power of voice commands, you'll be able to initiate sending messages from Google Now or through a widget, all without touching your device.

Voice commands for WiFi, Bluetooth, Flashlight now works in Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop has not arrived yet for a lot of Anrdoid users, but it is slowly trickling down to various OEMs (not as fast as everyone would like). The lucky users have been slowly discovering the various ins and outs of Google's major update, and one thing that is finally working now is the setting toggles which allows you to activate and deactivate your WiFi, Bluetooth, and even your smartphone's flashlight through your voice commands.

ZTE intros new voice-controlled flagship phone, calls it Star 2

ZTE recently introduced a new flagship phone in the form of the ZTE Star 2. This 4G LTE smartphone is voice-controlled, made possible by the Chinese manufacturer's very own biometrics voice integration strategy. The ZTE Star 2 features a brand new user interface that is customizable, better mobile entertainment experience, and a smart system-level voice control. This phone is a follow-up to the very successful ZTE Star 1 smartphone launched by the company last year.

Moto Voice: more control over device through spoken commands

Swiping and typing on your smartphone is so like 3 years ago. As more people begin to discover the joy of ordering your device around through the power of speaking, OEMs will continue to develop better voice controls for their smartphones and tablets. Motorola has now renamed and revamped Touchless Control into Moto Voice, and it will now work with the Japanese tech company’s recently announced new devices like the Moto X (2nd generation) and the Moto Hint.

Commndr for Google Now removes ‘Note to Self’ voice prompt

Commndr for Google Now was a very welcome addition for users who wanted even more functionality for Google’s personal assistant program for mobile devices. But the “note to self’ prompt before every command was something some people found three syllables too many. The latest update to the app has now removed that prompt and you can go directly to what you want your phone to do without you actually touching it.

Android Wear can light lamps and make you popcorn

OK, so maybe it won't directly make you some movie time chow, but your Android Wear watch smartwatch can at least turn on the popcorn maker to start the process. In fact, it can turn on and off almost any smart appliance, taking the new generation of smartwatches beyond the simple notification mirroring that Google has so far been demonstrating.

Commandr uses Note to Self to make Google Now do things

Google Now might be fun and even useful for a few things, particularly those that use the Internet, but controlling your device completely by voice isn't exactly one of them. That somewhat changes when you install Commandr, which will let you use Google Now to toggle a few switches, at the price of three extra words: Note to self.
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