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Get Things Done With Your Voice, Using Voice Actions For Android

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One of the great features that came with the 2.2 (Froyo) update to the Android operating system was Voice Actions. With Voice Actions, you can control many of your phone’s features, such as navigation, the playing of music, and text messaging. Let’s take a look at some of the Voice Actions that you can use.

To use Voice Actions, you first must download the app. Next, get an idea as to how the app works by watching this video:


You’ll want to add the Google search widget to your Android home screen. Then, you can tap the microphone in the widget, and speak. Here are a few of the commands that you can use, along with the syntax for each one:

Call contact call [contact name] [phone type]*”
Call business call [business name] [location]*”
Listen to music listen to [artist/song/album]”
Send a text message send text to [recipient] [message]*”
Get directions navigate to [address/city/business name]”
Send email send email to [recipient] [subject]* [body]*”
View a map map of [address/city]”
Go to a website go to [website]
Write a note note to self [message]”
Search Google “[your query]”


I’ve had mixed success with Voice Actions. It was spot on in properly understanding my home address and giving me directions, even though both my street and town are words that could easily be confused. It also did a good job with searches, and with going to websites. I had less success with music.

Have you tried Voice Actions? Do you think you’d use it?