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Report: Google Testing Voice Control Option Through All of Android


Outside of the Moto X, hands-free voice commands on Android are limited; pick up a Nexus 5 or Galaxy S5 and you’ll find that “OK Google” only works at the home screen. If Android Police’s sources are accurate, though, you’ll soon get to bark out orders no matter where you are in the interface. Google is reportedly trying out an “OK Google everywhere” feature that, much like the Moto X, is always listening and responds only to your voice. It might also pay attention to what you’re running. If you’re browsing snapshots, for example, you could tell your phone to “share this photo.” That may not be the only change in store. Experiments are reportedly underway with a new navigation bar that replaces the usual home button with a “Google” item. Hit that and you’d start a search without having to speak first.

Read the full story at Engadget, and the original report at Android Police.

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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.