comscore Google Voice Access launched in beta, lets one use their Android smartphones with just their voice

Google Voice Access launched in beta, lets one use their Android smartphones with just their voice

Google’s Voice Access is aimed at helping people access smartphone features and applications through easy voice commands.


Google is testing a new feature called Voice Access that enables one to use the smartphone through voice commands. Google disclosed this feature while elaborating on new tools that make its services easily accessible to people with visual and other imparity. Google also says that its new feature will be is integrated in Android N via Vision Settings, which enables users to control settings such as magnification, font size, display size and TalkBack for easier set up. Google s Voice Access is currently in beta mode and is expected to roll out soon. Also Read - Google Stadia comes to LG Smart TVs: How to play games online

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As far as Voice Access goes, it looks to be based on Google Now digital assistant, but with deeper integration and focus on easy accessibility for users. The feature allows you to navigate from your home screens and other screens using the voice commands. It also allows users to access content through voice commands and comes with features such as voice-based text editing and dictation.

Moreover, users can say things like go home, scroll down or open Chrome to navigate within smartphones. To make it much simpler, Google also lets users assign numbers to the applications to avoid potential confusion with incorrect pronunciations. Google has currently closed its beta testing for new users.

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Thanks for your interest in becoming a tester for the Voice Access app. At this time, the testing program has enough testers and isn’t accepting more users. App developers can choose how many testers can participate in their testing program. Once the program is full, the testing version isn’t available to more users, says Google on its site.


Google s Voice Access is likely to help a lot of users, especially those who have been deprived of using new technology due to imparity. Voice-based commands have been very limited to certain aspect of operating system, but Voice Access looks to finally fix that problem. Google s focus on this segment is quite evident as it recently launched a new app for developers called Accessibility Scanner. This app assists developers optimize their apps for better accessibility for users.

It’s not just Google that is focused on people with imparities. Facebook recently started rolling out a new feature on its iOS app called Automatic Alternative Text (AAT). This feature essentially describes an image to help such users see photos. At BUILD 2016, Microsoft too showcased the Seeing AI app, which uses the smartphone camera or a pair of smart glasses to identify and describe objects, people and even emotions around a blind person.

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  • Published Date: April 12, 2016 2:32 PM IST

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