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Now, say ‘Ok Google’ to open third-party apps

Google says the feature is in a pilot mode and will work on a "select group of partners"

By: Tech Desk | Updated: May 2, 2015 4:35:40 pm

google voice commands, Android voice commands

You can now use Android commands to open certain, only certain, apps on your smartphone.

An April 30 post for Android developers said: “Today, we launched our first set of partners for custom Google voice actions on Android. This feature will enable people to say things like “Ok Google, listen to NPR” or “Ok Google, show attractions near me on TripAdvisor.”It will also let users browse the app using voice

NPR_FullThe feature is in a pilot mode and will work on a “select group of partners”, the post said, adding that the plan was to open it up more widely in the future.

The API, which has just been rolled out to developers, will help them create integrate voice commands to their apps. This means you will soon be able to ask your device, be it an Android Wear smartwatch, a phone or a tablet, to open an app and browse through it. We believe, this push is meant more for Android Wear which depends on voice commands to be functional.

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