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Google Reveals Android 'Voice Action' and 'Chrome to Phone' at Today's Mobile Press Event

Today at the Mobile Press Event held at its San Francisco office, Google made several announcements regarding Android updates.

Foremost, Google is expanding the use of voice commands in Android phones with a new release named “Voice Actions.” The new addition includes single voice action dialing, texting, email dictation, and mapping. The available commands are:

  • send text to [contact] [message]
  • listen to [artist/song/album]
  • call [business]
  • call [contact]
  • send email to [contact] [message]
  • go to [website]
  • note to self [note]
  • navigate to [location/business name]
  • directions to [location/business name]
  • map of [location]

This is in addition to performing a Google search with voice, which was already available.

Also, Google has released its Chrome to Phone extension, first announced back in May. Chrome to Phone is a convenient app that allows users to easily send a web page, Google map, YouTube video, phone number, or text document from a PC browser to an Android.

The Google Mobile YouTube channel provides videos by Google engineers that explain both of these features.

These additions can be downloaded to devices running on Android 2.2.