Google has started rolling out a new feature for the Google now platform that will actually add much more functionality to the tools that you’ve become accustomed to over the past few months. Google Now allowed voice commands up until now, but only to access settings and maybe Google Services like Keep and such. Starting today, you will be able to use voice commands for apps from third parties, although don’t imagine that you’ll be able to Tweet through voice commands right away. But you might be able to update some statuses, send some messages in Hangouts or even share some photos. It depends on what apps will support these voice commands and how Google Now will handle them.
Starting today, when in Google Now, you can use voice command to listen to radio stations, voice commands to check TripAdvisor, voice command to update your Google+ and such. Google made their new announcement over Google+ today and didn’t go into very many details about how the feature will be incorporated into Google Now. The company did say that there are quite a few partners working with them and adding voice commands to their apps in order to be integrated with the Google Now platform. NPR and TripAdvisor were the first mentions, but we do expect Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Gmail, Keep, Analytics, Play Store and others to follow suit.
App developers can also apply for voice commands in Google Now through a form that the company has published, so if you’re a dev, you might have a shot at being one of the first third-party apps to support Google Now voice commands. Each developer can choose three different voice actions for their Android app, but most likely the list will get longer as we go. Imagine that in the near future, you’ll be able to access every app on your Android phone by using Google Now voice commands. That will be the true advent of hands-free, in some weird way. Anyway, what apps would you like to have Google Now voice commands for? I would definitely want a voice command for sharing screenshots through a third party messenger.