Just because a person has a disability, it doesn’t mean that he/she can’t live a normal life. Google recently announced a new app called Voice Access to help people who have difficulty manipulating a touch screen due to paralysis, tremor, temporary injury or other reasons, allowing them to fully operate an Android smartphone using only their voice.
Most smartphones now are equipped with various accessibility functions to help those in need, however, these functions are quite limited. With Google Voice Access, users can gain full control of their phone using only voice commands.
Once installed, all users have to do is say things like “open Chrome”, “go home”, “click next” or “scroll down” to navigate around. The app will also assign numbers to every accessible buttons, so all users have to do is call out the number.
While this app is aimed at helping those in need, it can also come in handy for times when your hands are busy and you need to use your phone. For example, when your hands are covered with cooking ingredients, and you need to check if the recipe is correct, just use your voice.
Google Voice Access is currently in beta mode. Sadly, at the time of writing, it looks like all the tester slots have been taken up and Google isn’t taking new testers anymore, so I guess we’ll just have to wait till the company launches it.