In today’s anticipated Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Mobile Event, many expected Google to announce some form of video conferencing for the Android mobile OS. Sure enough, someone at Google must be a David Foster Wallace fan, as the company mentioned nothing about video calling, and instead focused on the incorporation of new voice features into Android:
…the most natural way of interacting with a phone remains what it always has been: speaking. And to that end, we’re pleased to introduce Voice Actions for Android. Voice Actions are a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone using your voice. Call businesses and contacts, send texts and email, listen to music, browse the web, and complete common tasks, all just by speaking into your phone.
And here are a few of the new voice commands available in the Android OS:
Speak any of these commands to perform a Voice Action on your phone:
- send text to [contact] [message]
- listen to [artist/song/album]
- call [business]
- call [contact]
- send email to [contact] [message]
- go to [website]
- note to self [note]
- navigate to [location/business name]
- directions to [location/business name]
- map of [location]
And of course, you can still conduct a Google search using your voice.
Take a look at the full announcement and some video demos on how to use the new features over at the Official Google Mobile Blog.