Google Voice Search Google Now can already be used to toggle system settings on Android, but a brand new beta app called Voice Access has taken this concept to the next level.
Now, Google quietly rolled out the beta version of its hands-free Voice Access service, allowing users to control their devices without even touching the screen.
Google mentioned the beta in a blog post about its latest accessibility efforts, and noted that the service is intended for “people who have difficulty manipulating a touch screen due to paralysis, tremor, temporary injury or other reasons.”
With Voice Access, users can say things like “go home,” “scroll down” or “open Chrome” to navigate their pocket computers.
Voice Access also allows users to say numbers instead of naming apps, avoiding potential confusion over pronunciation.
Google’s New Voice Access App Explained
Google’s new app is called “Voice Access,” and while it’s only just entering its beta testing phases right now, it already works amazingly well.
The gist of things is rather simple—with Voice Access enabled, you’ll see small number badges on top of any pressable button on your screen.
Just say the number that corresponds with the button you’d like to press, and Voice Access will automatically tap it for you.
There’s no need to say “OK Google” before issuing a voice command, as Voice Access is always listening while it’s enabled.
How to Get ‘Voice Access’ Right Now
If you’d like to try out Voice Access right now, you’ll need to join the beta program, but make sure you’re signed in with the same Google account you use on your Android device hen you do so.
From there, tap or click the “Become a tester” button towards the bottom of the screen. Once you’ve done that, click the link that says “download it on Google Play,” and you’ll be taken to the app’s install page. After that, simply install Voice Access.
After installing the Voice Access app, Go to the Accessibility options under the Phone Main Settings, then select the “Voice Access” option. Finally, enable the accessibility plugin for Voice Access by toggling the switch at the top of the screen, then pressing “OK” on the popup.
With everything set up now, simply launch the Voice Access app from your app drawer, and the app will walk you through the rest.
Note: You can also download the Voice Access App directly from APK Mirror.