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.
To use Voice Actions, tap the microphone button on the Google search box on your home screen, or press down for a few seconds on the physical search button on your phone to activate the “Speak Now” screen.
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]
Both Voice Actions and the new Google search widget require Android 2.2 (Froyo), and will be pre-installed with the new Droid 2 phone from Motorola and Verizon. Voice Actions are currently available for U.S. English speakers.
If you have another phone with Android 2.2 (like the Nexus One, HTC Evo or the original Droid), you’ll need to download several app updates from Android Market to get all the latest goodness:
Msg#: 4186106 posted 6:53 pm on Aug 12, 2010 (gmt 0)
Does it bother anybody that their voice is sent back to Google for analysis and then comes back with an answer?
So far, most of my interactions with Google Voice interface have resulted in humor, not anything reliable.
My Mobile app does allow you to use Voice for a custom place search. Heres some examples: "Lacamas Lake" yields "North One Tank" "Box Lake" yields "Barking Fox Lake" "Blue Lake, Washington" yields "Nick Dr, Porter Indiana". huh?
I'm sure the speed typist at the switchboard has a sense of humor.
I'm just waiting for an email from the guys at Google Labs to tell me to speak more clearly.