Sep 16th, 2011

Google Voice Actions hasn’t always been the most friendly to non-US languages, dialect and accent. Hell, even some US accents are hard for the software to pick up. Fortunately, we all know Google isn’t ever just sitting around and doing nothing.

They’ve added five new European languages to Voice Actions including UK English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. If you need a refresher, here are some of the terms you can use the next time you need to go hands free:

  • send text to [contact] [message]
  • call [business]
  • call [contact]
  • go to [website]
  • navigate to [location/business name]
  • directions to [location/business name]
  • map of [location]

Languages will vary by country, of course, but I’m sure all of that will be translated in the actual application on your phone. And this not only supports those new languages, it also tightens up the local aspect of Voice Actions so you’re not getting Pizza Hut in the USA instead of an actual Italian pizzeria (sorry Pizza Hut – you’re far too “national”). You don’t even have to head to the market and update it – this one’s already available if you have it installed. If you don’t, be sure to grab it here. [Google]