Google's Voice Beta and Tweaks Im­proves Ac­ces­si­bil­ity

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The revo­lu­tion of the smart­phone ex­po­nen­tially in­creased the num­ber of peo­ple who now browse the web while com­mut­ing to work, or wait­ing out a hor­ren­dous traf­fic con­ges­tion that's al­ready made you 20 min­utes late to your next ap­point­ment.

Touch­ing a lit­tle more on the lat­ter ex­am­ple, it's a given that it's not safe, let alone le­gal, to use your phone while driv­ing, which in turn, presents one of many sce­nar­ios that ham­per ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the smart­phone. The most ob­vi­ous next step then, in mak­ing the smart de­vice even more ac­ces­si­ble would be to be given the most ba­sic of ac­ti­va­tion func­tions: voice com­mand.

To that end, Google re­cently an­nounced on its blog that it is cur­rently test­ing a new voice com­mand fea­ture on the up­com­ing An­droid N OS. It's known as Voice Ac­cess Beta, and be­yond that plain ex­am­ple that we gave ear­lier, the beta was ac­tu­ally de­signed more as an as­sis­tant de­vice to those who have un­for­tu­nately lost their sight. With the beta, users can in­ter­act with sim­ple voice com­mands, such as ‘Open Chrome', ‘Click next', or ‘Go home'.

The beta also ex­tends its func­tion with the use of Google Docs as well, al­low­ing typ­ing, edit­ing, and for­mat­ting, all through the use of voice com­mands.

Again, the app is still in its test­ing phase, and Google has yet to say if the Voice Ac­cess Beta will roll out along with An­droid N when it fi­nally launches with an of­fi­cial name (we're ac­tu­ally bank­ing on the name be­ing An­droid Nougat).

Im­age source: An­droid Po­lice.

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