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A Google App Update Lets Android Users Open Camera With Your Voice

GoogleAn update to Google’s search app lets Android users launch their phone’s camera, in photo or video mode, with a voice command. “With the Google Search App on Android, you can just tap the microphone or say ‘OK Google,’ then ‘take a photo’ or ‘take a video.’ Google will launch your camera app in the preferred mode,” Google said in a Google+ post on Wednesday night. I couldn’t get it to work with video in my test today on a Nexus 5, but the “take a picture” and “take a photo” commands worked, presenting a choice of installed camera apps to finish the command. For the command to work, most people will have to first launch the search app, which means pulling up from the bottom of the screen on most phones and swiping left from the home screen on a Google Nexus 5. That’s potentially a lot harder than just tapping the camera icon.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.