Google's Voice Beta and Tweaks Improves Accessibility
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.