Voice controls for media playback coming soon to Google Now

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With the introduction of wearables and cars into the Android ecosystem the need for voice control is greater than ever. Android Wear and Android Auto are heavily dependent on voice for getting things done. Anything that requires a physical touch is a simple tap or swipe. You don’t want to be fiddling with your watch or car dash for extended periods of time.

Right now there is already a lot you can do with your voice on Android Wear and Auto. This is thanks to the powerful Google Now integration. Google is constantly working on bringing more functionality to Now, and it looks like media playback is coming next. Screenshots from a new version of Google Now show “play next song” and “stop music” commands.

In the video below you can see the “next song” command in action. The music stops while the user says “Ok Google, next song.” It also brings up a “Go” button that allows you to physically skip to the next song. These commands will come in handy especially for Android Auto. Now there will be no need to take your eyes off the road to hit “Next.” The update is arriving on devices as we speak.

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