APP WATCH: Voice Actions for Android

Forget overworking your hands, if you have an Android phone, you can now use your voice to do the work, specifically with Voice Actions for Android.

According to Google, 'the most natural way of interacting with a phone remains what it always has been: speaking'. So Voice Actions for Android facilitates such a thing - a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone using your voice.

Just tap the microphone button on the Google search box on your home screen, or press down for a few seconds on the physical search button on your phone to activate the 'Speak Now' screen. A list of basic words set in motion common tasks on your phone - sending a text, listen to music, call, send email, go to a website, get directions to name just some examples.

The downside? Well, there's a couple. First, like most recent innovations, this is strictly for Android 2.2 handsets. To get it, you'll also need to upgrade numerous apps that work with Voice Actions for Android too.

But here's the big problem right now - it's strictly for 'U.S. English speakers'. We suspect that's just a short term thing, while the software is tweaked for dialect. If that's the case, look out for this rather cool addition very soon in the UK.

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