Jealous Of Siri? Then Check Out These Android Apps

  

When Apple announced that Siri was going to be baked right into their OS, then showed off how it worked and how smart it seemed, I was a bit jelly. We luckily have some great Android apps that act in just the same way for us on our devices. Speaktoit is a free personal assistant which can be found right on the Android Market and the app does basically all the things you might want it to. Update your Facebook status, look up directions and many many other things. You can choose an avatar with whom you speak with. It’s actually quite the neat little app.  (more…)

Google Voice Actions Make Their Way Into the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain

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To our mates from across the pond, we would like to welcome you into the wonderful world of Google Voice Actions.  Released today to the Android Market in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, the updated Google Search app makes hands-free searching, calling, and navigating a breeze.

To our friends here in the states, just watch the video and see if you don’t find yourself talking with a British accent for the next 5 minutes.

Via:  Google Mobile

Download: New Desk Clock, Fixes “Set Alarm” Voice Action

When Google announced “Voice Actions” for Froyo, there was one in particular which they advertised but appeared not to work correctly for, well, everyone.  Luckily for us all, the G2 leaked system build keeps pumping out awesome updates to our favorite apps including a “set alarm…” voice action that had previously not been available.  As you can see from the screenies above, the one on the left is the old version, with the right screenie showing it working flawlessly.

Download:  DeskClockGoogle.apk

Install as you would any other application, just make sure you have Android 2.2.

Source:  XDA Forums

Cheers garbaged!

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!