Google I/O session reveals ‘Voice Access’ feature coming soon to Android


Google IO Voice Access session Android M

Earlier today, Google posted the official Google IO 2015 schedule. The schedule simply highlighted a list of the day’s events taking place during the developer convention. We already know Android M will be making an appearance at the event with Google officially making mention of the next version of Android during their “Android at Work” session. But it seems the schedule is also revealing a few other tidbits as well.

A “Voice Access” talk is also scheduled, described as “Your app, now available hands-free.” The description doesn’t reveal specifics, just that developers will be able to take advantage of the new service, presumably a feature set to debut in Android M. It sounds a bit like Google’s Voice Actions, only Voice Access wont be confined to only the Google app. Instead, Voice Access will allow developers to add voice actions inside their own apps, for truly hands-free use.

Although it wasn’t mentioned in the sessions description, it’s easy to imagine Google planning some sort of global voice actions throughout the entire Android OS, something Android M could finally bring. The convenience angle is clear, but it could be a great option for handicapped users who otherwise wouldn’t be able to interact with a touch screen device.

[Google I/O 2015]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. We have had telephony api’s for a long time that allow us to speak to a computer system. Recognition for limited dictionaries and matches is much more efficient than google voice has to be. This would be so amazing to finally have.

  2. Lazy people rejoice! Fingers can rest!

    I’ll be able to just talk to my phone and never lift a finger!

    1. You get a bluetooth headset and you’re already doing this.

      I think it was Bill Gates who stated, “A lazy man will find an easier way to accomplish something”. The quote is paraphrased, I don’t remember the exact wording.

      1. Did you even read the article?

        This pertains to individual apps having voice control, something that is currently not possible.

  3. Ms will soon copy and call it innovation

  4. How about getting “OK GOOGLE ANYWHERE” working first?

    1. Isn’t it?

  5. When we all got our spanking new Galaxy S6 or S6 edge it was working. Some update caused everyone to lose the ability within the first week.

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