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Voice app puts disabled phone users in charge

05 October, 2018, 15:58 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Google introduces Voice Access for hands-free operation of your smartphone - GSMArena.com news

The voice access numbers that appear on every target disappear the second you touch the screen, but they return when you say "OK Google" or tap Voice Access's "Touch to start" persistent notification. Voice Access understands contextual commands that aren't tied to a number - you can launch apps just by asking. Tappable elements on the screen are overlaid with small numerals, so you can just call out any number to mimic a tap.

The best part of Voice Access might be that it's insanely easy to start and stop once you've installed it and given it Accessibility permissions. This works similar to voice commands with Google Assistant. Once installed, the feature can be turned on by going into Settings Accessibility and turning on the Voice Access switch. The app is supposed to offer "more fine-grained controls than other voice commands you might use on your phone", which makes it kind of unique.

Google says that it has been created to help people who suffer from debilitating diseases such as the Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis, but it will also be useful for people who multitask and have their hands full.

This means, the next time a user says OK Google on their phone, it will go into the Voice Access mode.


Google asserts that it concentrated on users with issues, like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, arthritis and others to build up the availability application.

When using Voice Access, you can compose and edit a text message hands free by saying "Ok Google", and open your favorite app with the "open" command.

Voice Access also gives numbers to all clickable options, when it can not recognize all of them. The service is now available only in English, but Google promises “additional language support coming in the future”. Saying "delete the line" or "undo", for example, will let you edit what you're typing as well as being able to replace specific words with another.

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