Google recently launched a new accessibility feature for Android devices, the Voice Access app. Voice Access goes beyond the voice commands already recognized by Google Assistant by allowing you to also control the touch- and gesture-based interfaces of your Android phone (and most apps).
Android: It’s a good idea to check on your Google security and privacy settings every once in a while. Google makes it even easier with a few handy voice commands that can jump right to the important parts of your account.
If you think being able to purchase stuff with only your voice is neat, kids—who have no concept of money—will think it’s straight-up magic. Here are a few ways you can keep curious kids from treating your Amazon Echo like a real-life Santa Claus.
Google may be playing catch up with the Amazon Echo, but Google Home already has a bunch of third-party services that can add features to your smart home speaker. Some are garbage, but we found the best ones that you should try out.
Google Assistant is a powerful tool, but it doesn’t work the same way the Pixel that it does on Google Home, and both are different from the Android phone you already have. We’ve put together a chart to help clear up what each devices can do.
The Amazon Echo is pretty great at understanding your voice out of the box, but Alexa could always use a little help. If she gets a command wrong—or even if she gets it right—open up your Alexa app to give some feedback.
Android/Chrome: When you’re at your desk, you don’t want to constantly fiddle with your phone. Join helps you control your phone without picking it up, and now you can even use voice commands to do so.
This week, Google released Google Home, a voice-controlled smart appliance, to compete with the surprisingly popular Amazon Echo. Both devices can play music, control your lights, and answer questions with nothing but your voice, but we wanted to see how Google’s new device stacked up against the established…
Google’s new Google Assistant appeared in every part of the company’s hardware event yesterday. Google was less clear about how Assistant differs from Google Now, or Now On Tap, or Google’s voice commands. To clear things up, here are some of Assistant’s best new features, and how it fits into your Google life.
Siri is the big new feature in macOS Sierra and while you can ask it just about anything you can ask it on iOS, it does have a few tricks of its own. OS X Daily put together a list of some of those.
Android: Google’s voice commands are incredibly powerful. However, you might not have noticed that you can use them while watching videos on YouTube. Simply say “Ok, Google” and you can send a bunch of commands directly to the app.
Google Now offers a wide range of voice commands designed to work with your natural language, but it can help to know exactly what the virtual assistant is capable of understanding. That’s where OK Google comes in—it’s a growing, searchable list of every known Google Now command.
Android/iOS: The Amazon Echo is a cool little device that can do a lot of things just with voice commands. However, it becomes useless if you leave the room. Walkie-talkie app Roger can help with that.
The music discovery app SoundHound has gone hands-free, letting you search music, look up information, and add songs directly to your Spotify playlist with “OK Hound...” voice commands.
Google Keep is one of Google’s quieter successes. The notes and to-do app has a ton of awesome, buried features. For example, you can add items to your shopping list without ever opening the app.
Today, Amazon announced two new Alexa-enabled devices, both cheaper than the existing Amazon Echo: The Echo Dot for $89 and the Amazon Tap for $129. Each focuses on one aspect that the original Echo did well.
Google’s voice commands are excellent at making texting easier. Recently, Google made this even better, adding an answering machine-style command that allows you to read your last five messages.
You can do a lot of cool things with your voice on your phone, but did you know you can make phone calls, too? It’s pretty neat. Google Now can even initiate speakerphone calls directly with a voice command.
Android: Google’s voice commands are pretty amazing. The one catch is that you need an internet connection to use them. Now, however, some of them work even when you’re offline.
Cortana is easily one of the coolest new features of Windows 10. You’re probably already familiar with personal assistants like Google Now and Siri, but now you have one built right into your desktop! Here’s how to get information, manage your schedule, and even run a few Google commands.