Android owners are already used to saying "Ok, Google" into their smartphones to accomplish simple tasks like setting reminders, finding directions or searching the Internet. But, now they can do a lot more. Google just introduced a great new feature that will actually let you open and interact with apps using just your voice.
For example, you can now say, "Ok Google, find houses near me on Zillow," and Google will automatically start the Zillow app, showing a map of properties near your current location (this also works with the applications for Trulia and Realtor.com).
But that's not all. You can call up a movie, start your car or listen to a radio app.
However, the feature is still fairly new, so it doesn't yet work with every app on your phone right now. You also have to use specific supported phrases. But is is still pretty amazing to see where this technology is going as voice controlled apps become more common.
Google has listed the apps and commands that will work with this new "Ok, Google" feature on its support site. You can do everything from listen to the radio to find nearby attractions when you're on vacation.
- Flixster: "Show me Inception on Flixster."
- Instacart: "Show Instacart availability."
- Lincoln: "Start my Lincoln MKZ."
- NPR One: "Listen to NPR."
- Realtor.com: "Show rentals near me on Realtor."
- Shazam: "Shazam this song."
- TripAdvisor: "Show attractions near me on TripAdvisor."
- Trulia: "Show homes for sale in Boston on Trulia."
- TuneIn Radio: "Open TuneIn in car mode."
- Wal-Mart: "Scan my receipt on Wal-Mart."
- Wink: "Activate home mode on Wink."
- Zillow: "Show me open houses nearby on Zillow.
I know Android users are going to love this great, convenient new feature. Hopefully, Google adds support for more apps and phrases in the near future.