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.