Google introduces accessibility app that lets you control your entire phone using only your voice


Google Voice Access demo

Google is making a big push to improve accessibility services across their products, announcing a handful of new tools headed to both Chrome and in Android. In a lengthy blog post, Google describes all of the new features (some that have already been announced), introducing a new app that called Voice Access that allows a user to control their phone entirely by their voice.

Voice commands on Android devices We recently launched Voice Access Beta, an app that allows people who have difficulty manipulating a touch screen due to paralysis, tremor, temporary injury or other reasons to control their Android devices by voice. For example, you can say “open Chrome” or “go home” to navigate around the phone, or interact with the screen by saying “click next” or “scroll down.”

While this isn’t meant for the lazy to manipulate their phones while sitting on the couch, you can help provide feedback by testing the app for yourself where it’s now available on Google Play. Simply click the “become a tester” button to join and give it a shot right now.

Download/test on Google Play: Voice Access

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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