Droid 2 Voice Action – Just Speak & Go – Could This Be A Real iPhone Killer?

We have been bombarded from non Apple companies, hailing their product as the next iPhone killer. But Droid seems to be on track to actually accomplish what others can only dream about. Droid phones have a huge advantage over the iPhone. The same Apple mentality that has permeated their computer marketing strategy, using a closed system, may be the one thing that comes back to bite them with their iPhone. Google is in a position of becoming the #1 cell phone company OS supplier and their new Voice Actions [voice recognition] will lead the pack.

Here is what Google says about their new addition to Droid 2:
Our mobile phones have become modern-day Swiss Army knives. An Android phone is a handheld computer, a music player, a notepad, a GPS navigation unit and more, all rolled into one sleek device that fits in your pocket. Today’s phones do so many things for us that sometimes we don’t even think about how we do them.

Even though our phones do all these new things, the most natural way of interacting with a phone remains what it always has been: speaking. And to that end, we’re pleased to introduce Voice Actions for Android. Voice Actions are a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone using your voice. Call businesses and contacts, send texts and email, listen to music, browse the web, and complete common tasks, all just by speaking into your phone.

Supported features include:

Speak any of these commands to perform a Voice Action on your phone:

  • 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]

And of course, you can still conduct a Google search using your voice.

Take a look at the video on the Google blog site. You will be impressed in what Voice Actions can do. I like the way a user can send text messages without having to type.

Comments welcome.

Source – Google Blog

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  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/theoracle/ the oracle

    There won’t be much iPhone slaying going on if Larry Ellison has his way. He is trying to make the Android units go completely away – see this – http://wp3.lockergnome.com/theoracle/2010/08/13/google-under-attack-from-oracle/

    If yoou note in the TechConnect piece, the complaint wants everything Android destroyed…

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Good luck with that. As I commented to your article, this stinks of a plot by Microsoft.

  • http://ronknights.com/ Ron Knights

    I have to laugh anytime anyone claims to have an iPhone or iPad killer.

    The iPhone has been around what, 3 or 4 years?!

    How many Android or other cellphones have claimed to be iPhone Killers, and died a quick death?!

    If I bought another Smartphone, I’d buy an iPhone.

    It’s no contest.

  • leftystrat

    Looking forward to this app as soon as I receive my OTA Froyo update. I’m a happy (original) Droid owner.

    iPeople amuse the hell out of me :)

  • Kevin

    iPhone has had most of this for some time. The free Dragon app with multitasking let’s me speak my text messages. I’m sure Apple will also close that small gap now that Android has.

    It’s good to see Apple getting some competition, but from someone who owns both an iPhone and Android phone, the iPhone is still king. My only complaint is Steve Job’s unreasonable censorship and control. That may be Apple’s biggest mistake.


    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Kevin,
      Agree about Jobs as his control issues. Could you imagine what would happen if Apple provided their technology openly? They would rule the world. :-)

  • Levi

    There will be no iPhone or iPad killer for one very good reason. Apple has to kill the devices and no amount of features Android presents will make Apple do that. They’ll just release a new version in a never ending battle to see who will make the best phone.

    I know some who prefer the iPhone and those who prefer Droid having used both. And they all make good arguments. It’s time to realize that it’s largely opinion from here. And companies making different phones and getting rid of older versions is in fact no different than Apple making a new version of the iPhone. The difference is the name continues between versions. That’s all. It’s still a new handset with a different design.

  • Don Naphen

    Good to see a healthy exchange of ideas and opinions once again Ron. I also agree that no one phone is the best, but rather one that suits an individuals needs. My biggest problem is not so much over which phone is best (always subjective at best!) but rather the flexibility of choosing a service provider. the IPhone may be the best thing since sliced bread but don’t make me go to an exclusive provider to have one. I personally was leaning towards the DROID X, but without a slide-out keyboard it was not an option, even though it’s a great piece of hardware. The DROID 2 on the other hand would fit my needs quite nicely. As long as Steve Jobs and Apple insist on marketing closed proprietary products and forcing customers to do business with ONE company, I’ll never consider their products no matter how good they are.

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Don,
      Rumor has it, that maybe, just maybe, Verizon will get the iPhone in January 2011.
      Have a good weekend.
      Regards, Ron