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Google Introduces New “Voice Actions” for Froyo

In a spurt of the moment press conference today, Google announced a couple of new features for Android 2.2  with the first being “Voice Actions.”  We’ll let Google explain exactly that means…

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.

Make sense?  Check out the video demo to really get it…

And like the title says, this is only available to those on Froyo meaning that Droid X and Incredible users out there are S.O.L. until we see an update.  Droid 1 users and Droid 2 users though, have a blast!

For the list of commands, check out the official Google Voice Actions page here.

Also with this announcement, you have the option to download a new Voice Search app and a special widget.  Voice search here.  Widget here.

Source:  Google Mobile Blog

Cheers everyone!

  • Timdabowler

    Isn't technology wonderful? Kudos to Google!!

  • Timdabowler

    Isn't technology wonderful? Kudos to Google!!

  • SecurityNick

    Been trying several different ROMs to see if there might be something different in the code that might let the Market update these apps. None had success. The other day, I decided to try out Cyanogen Mod 6 RC3 (was running RC2 for a while and really liked it). Still no success in the Market update, but completely by accident, I clicked on the Voice Search while it was in my Car Dock and it had the newer versions already installed. Blew me a way! Tested it out a few times and it works great! So I guess Koush and the team loaded it up and didn't make mention of it when RC3 came out. One note, I did tell it to add the Google Apps when downloading from ROM Manager.

  • Trevor-kai

    I absolutely love this new update. . .it's super cool.

  • gc

    It is hilarious that the mode that they demonstrate doesn't work on the released phones. I told it to set an alarm for 7:30 AM and it told me that I needed to update the alarm clock applications. Go to the web site that it takes me too, and they apologize for 'not being available'….

    HAR HAR HAR… (sob, I paid for THIS?)

  • CompCrash

    I tried to do the update and it says unsuccessful. I know i have 2.2, I not sure what build.

    Also, what is the best build of 2.2 out?

    • http://www.facebook.com/colinvesper Colin Vesper

      Yep, I'm having the same problem.

      • CompCrash

        It worked for me too. I got a new rom. I don't know if it helped or not but it works now.

  • Drox2k

    This is beautiful

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

    Did you mean spur of the moment and not spurt of the moment?

  • Eric

    Works great on my rooted DINC. Guess i'm not S.O.L :)

  • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

    This was really freakin sweet until the “listen to” action miraculously got stuck to last.fm, without ever letting me pick anything. I just want to listen to the music on my phone for crying out loud. Why does Google not let me??

    • Cirro

      for some reason the regular music app is not included in the voice commands. Therefore I presume you only have last.fm installed and you dont have pandora or any other streaming music service installed. Sems to only work with those

  • SecurityNick

    Anyone else rooted and not able to install these? Running Lithium Mod.

    • Chase

      Why yes, it says installation unsuccessful every time.

    • country83

      I'm having the same problem. I tried to uninstall voice search manually to see if that will work but you cant uninstall it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/colinvesper Colin Vesper

        I came back here to see if anyone else was having problems with this. I still can't install it. I tried searching for it in the market, I've tried having someone else give me their APK, but no matter what, installation is always unsuccessful. Pandora is up to date too.

        • country83

          Try this. It worked for me.
          Use Titanium Backup to uninstall (go to backup/restore, choose the app you want and choose uninstall).

          Reboot.

          Install new versions from Market.

          It worked for me using Lithium Mod, for Voice Search, Chrome to Phone and Google Search.

          Audio from another thread gets credit for this one.

    • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

      Same issue. {{-_-}}

      • Chris Nimon

        i went straight to the market and searched for Voice Search. when it came up it asked me to manually update. Worked like the video for me. I had to update Pandora to get that to work. When I tried to set alarm it said they are working on a fix right now. :(

        • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

          Worked! Thanks! {{^_^}}

    • SecurityNick

      Been trying several different ROMs to see if there might be something different in the code that might let the Market update these apps. None had success. The other day, I decided to try out Cyanogen Mod 6 RC3 (was running RC2 for a while and really liked it). Still no success in the Market update, but completely by accident, I clicked on the Voice Search while it was in my Car Dock and it had the newer versions already installed. Blew me a way! Tested it out a few times and it works great! So I guess Koush and the team loaded it up and didn't make mention of it when RC3 came out. One note, I did tell it to add the Google Apps when downloading from ROM Manager.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QYTBOQDNZ5MEX5ITFGOYYDYMBE Tramaine

    is it just me or does the guy in the video makes it seem like the voice search is that accurate. when i use this i have to talk slowly and still get the wrong thing sometimes.