Google rolls out beta version of its Voice Access toolBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 12 April 2016 | Categories: news
If you're an avid Android user, you're likely very familiar with "Ok Google" at this stage. While that hands-free tool is great for searching, and showing off to friends, it is still limited in what it allows users to do with their voice. To address this, Google has rolled out several new accessibility tools.
They include an Accessibility scanner to allow developers to test their own apps, as well as improvements to Android N for the visually impaired. One of the more interesting new enhancements though, is Voice Access, a hands-free tool currently in the live beta testing phase.
This app is specifically designed for users that struggle to interact with an Android device's touch display due to paralysis, tremor or temporary injury, according to Google. As such, it can facilitate a number of on-screen commands via a user's voice. These range from opening Chrome and returning to the home screen, to scrolling down and clicking next.
Google has confirmed when the Voice Access app will enter the mainstream. Unfortunately, the app has reached its limit for testers, which means interested users cannot try it out for now.
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