Google Hands-Free App Helps Navigate Phone Using Your Voice

Google Hands-Free App Helps Navigate Phone Using Your Voice
Google has started testing a beta version of their new Voice Access app for Android phones.#app Eduardo García Cruz / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0
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Google recently introduced a new voice feature app that will let users access their phones without actually touching it.


The hands-free app called Voice Access will help users to navigate the screen, access through different tabs and open other applications by using their voice. This can be activated by speaking commands such as “Open Chrome,” “click next” or “go home,” reported by CNET.

The company is utilizing the growing development of smartphone by taking advantage of their capabilities to help disabled people. Google aims to provide an accessible technology to provide a hands-free communication.

On Monday, Google posted the app’s information on their blog and said, “We recently launched Voice Access Beta, an app that allows people who have difficulty manipulating a touch screen due to paralysis, tremor, temporary injury or other reasons to control their Android devices by voice.”

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Furthermore, the system provides a number on each icon in the smartphone. Users only need to utter the number designated to the app to open it.

Meanwhile, the app is just one of the new accessibility features that were introduced by the company. Google Docs users can also edit, format and type their documents using the voice typing feature with commands like, “insert table” and “copy,” according to Yahoo News.

The Voice access beta version is expected to be released soon for free via Google Play Store. The company also provided instructions to donwload the app at

As of the moment, curious users who want to test the its functionality may not be able to access it. The Voice Access link says,  “At this time, the testing program has enough testers and isn’t accepting more users.”

Aside from Google’s hands-free app, they also developed a screen reader feature called ChromeVox for their Chromebooks. The system has simplified keyboard shortcuts, displays Braille and speech result, and new navigational sounds.

Also, Android N’s updated version has Vision Settings that allows users to independently manage their preferred font size, magnification and display screen on their smartphones. Google designed these accessibility features to help visually impaired users utilize their devices easily.

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