Google has released a new voice-controlled accessibility app called Voice Access. With this, individuals with mobility issues can use their voice to control an Android device, doing things like composing messages, talking to Assistant, and opening apps. The same app can also be used as a convenience tool for individuals without mobility issues.
Google both launched and detailed the new app today, explaining that it uses the same “OK Google” command used with Google Home. The user tells Google to open a particular app, prompting Voice Access to launch it. The accessibility app then presents additional options the user can say, such as “Go home” or “Scroll forward.”
The tool also shows numbers next to items on the device, such as app icons and elements within apps like text fields. The user interacts with these verbally by choosing the number for the item they want — such as “9” to open the app assigned with the number nine — then proceeding with additional actions.
Voice control is also used to terminate the app, delete mistakes, and similar actions one would ordinarily perform using a finger. Google makes it easy to get started by offering a series of example commands on its app support page.
Voice Access currently supports English commands, though Google plans to add other languages in the future. Anyone with an Android smartphone or tablet can head over to the Google Play Store and download Voice Access now for free.