Ever wished you could just operate your Android powered handset using only your voice? Well, Google is launching a new voice feature that will let you do exactly that. Here comes Voice Access -- a functionality that allows users to move around their smartphone’s screen, switch to other screens, and even launch mobile apps via verbal instructions. But take note though, the feature is still in beta.
The Voice Access feature is as simple as it gets. Mobile users can bark specific instructions like “Go home” or “Open Chrome.” Voice Access even displays numbers next to icons and other elements on the smartphone’s screen, allowing users to utter the number associated with an item in order to access it.
Google has always been busy initiating projects that would allow people to use Google’s services more easily. Voice Access was part of an effort to help mobile users with disabilities, especially those who can not always properly make use of their hands to operate mobile devices, or can not see their handset’s display screen clearly. In more ways than one, Google’s Voice Access is pretty reminiscent of Apple’s VoiceOver, and should prove useful to those who might have some mobility issues because of injuries, paralysis, tremors, and other debilitating reasons.
Since Google’s Voice Access is in beta form for now, it may not be available to all mobile users. As a matter of fact, it appears that the program is already full -- the official page of the feature indicates that as of this time, the testing program already has acquired a sufficient number of participating testers, and is no longer accepting any more.
Still, people with disabilities should be delighted to know that there are features such as Voice Access that they can take advantage of in order to fully optimize their unique mobile experiences. The good news is that Voice Access is not the only existing feature from Google out there that is designed to help people with disabilities. For instance, Google Docs allows users to create and edit document using their voice. Google Chromebooks come with ChromeVox, a screen reader that allows people to utilize text to speech tools in navigating the screen. Moreover, the upcoming new version of the Android mobile operating system will feature a Vision Settings screen that allows people to control font sizes, display size, and other elements, in order to optimize Android devices for people with disabilities.
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