Google has launched a new app for Android phone—once installed, it will allow you to use your phone hands-free. ‘Voice Access,’ the name of the newly launched app, will let you get around your phone, type across your phone’s interface, tap buttons, and access all your installed app just by using your voice.
If you are already familiar with using Google Assistant on your device, then Voice Access works almost the same way. Google said it designed the app to help users with debilitating disease such as Parkinson’s to use their phones without much difficulty. However, Voice Access can still come in handy for every user since it simplifies the process of getting around your device.
“And while there are great benefits for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, spinal cord injury and more, Voice Access can also provide value to people who don’t have a disability—people juggling with groceries or in the middle of cooking.”
How to user Voice Access
To get started, you need to have Android 5.0 later, the Google app installed, and of course, the Voice Access app. With those in place, simply set up ‘OK Google’ detection to enable you invoke the service anytime from your phone screen and follow the instructions below to set up Voice Access.
After installing Voice Access on your Android phone, simply turn it on and follow these steps:
- Start Voice Access:
If Voice Match is on, say “Ok Google.”
If Voice Match isn’t on, open your notification shade and tap the “Touch to start” Voice Access notification.
- Say a command, such as “Open Gmail.”
For more tips on how to use Voice Access, visit the Google Support page where you will find some more useful commands to help you understand the app better.
Voice Access is easy to use—you can start by saying or composing a text with the command word “Ok Google,” or access your favorite app with the “open” command. Select the text field by speaking out loud, like “would you like to meet for tomorrow?”
Just so you know, you will see small elements overlaid with numerals that you can tap on the screen of your phone, this will enable you to call out any number to mimic a tap.
Voice Access has already rolled out to millions of users, but is currently only available in English. Versions in other languages will hopefully be added very soon so other users can access and use the app as well.
I particularly like the idea that the app makes it even easier to talk to the Google Assistant on your phone. Having an app that gives you voice access to various functions on your phone not only makes it easier to use your phone, it also adds a lot of fun to it as well.