Google has just announced Voice Actions for Android in an attempt to one-up Microsoft’s Tellme technology. Voice Actions are are a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone using your voice. You can for example send a text message just by speaking it and the phone will automatically write it down for you. Sounds familiar right? Yup Microsoft has had this feature for a while now but thanks to poor marketing, OEMs, OS integration , whatever you want to call MS’s mobile strategy before Windows Phone 7…nobody has ever heard/used this (I’m talking about the average Joe here obviously). Voice Actions can also used to call people, listen to music etc…exactly like Voice Command on my iPad 3800 PocketPC bought in 2001. This kind of stuff makes you realise how much Redmond screwed up since then. Anyway this is good news for all the Android Users out there….if they have Android 2.2. Check out the promotional video after the break:
Windows Phone 7 will have all this stuff on board thanks to the integration of TellMe. If you have an Android 2.2 device you can head over to the Android MArket to download the updated version of voice search now.