Google Search adds “take a picture” and “record a video” voice commands

Ok Google take a picture and record a video

It’s one of the most handy features in Google Glass, being able to speak the command “Ok Google, take a picture” to snap some quick photos. Today, your Android phone is about to get 1 step closer to this functionality, thanks to the newly added picture and video voice commands in the Google Search app.

The best part? You don’t even need to update. Simply speak the phrase, “Ok Google, record a video,” and your phone will automatically take you to the appropriate app (you’ll need to select which camera app if you have more than 1 installed). The problem? Well, once opened the camera app wont actually record or take a picture, leaving us to scratch our heads and wonder if Google has other plans for the feature, like bringing additional functionality in Android Wear, or a future version of Android. We certainly hope so.

Try it out for yourself via the link below.

Download on Google Play: Google Search

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TAGS: Google Voice Search

  • Delmar

    sweet !!

  • Christopher Ballenger

    That’s epic. Also, taking a picture worked for me. I have an HTC One Max.

    • Chris Chavez

      What Google Search app version are you running?

      • Christopher Ballenger

        • Fodografes

          Same version on my Note 3 and it only opens the app, even after selecting a default. Is the stock camera the only camera app you have?

          • Greg Sievers

            Works here for me as well with the stock camera app. takes pictures but not video. Same search version as above.

  • GHarp

    I found that you can also tell it to open certain apps (ex: “ok Google!”, Open Instagram)

  • steveb944

    This is so awesome! Too bad it changes ‘take a video’ to ‘take a picture video’ for me

  • Alu Zeros

    Please add increase volume, decrease volume, and mute with active listening during music apps and phone apps are active. Now we’re talking

  • HYC

    Didn’t work on my Note 10.1 2014, but did on my Droid DNA.

  • OMG its HUGE

    I have my Google camera set to voice activation, so I can say ‘smile’ or ‘cheese’ and it takes a photo on my command automatically. With this added feature of ‘ok Google, take photo’ it works really well. Thanks for the post.

  • Steve A-B

    Interestingly on my UK Nexus 5 I said “OK Google, take a selfie” it opened the camera app. Wasn’t intelligent enough to switch to the front facing camera though …now that would be awesome!