Oct 29 AT 4:39 PM Dustin Earley 6 Comments

Google voice search with third-party apps is about to get really cool


Google has announced today a new addition to Google voice search on Android that will make speaking to all the apps on your smartphone a lot easier.

By implementing a small bit of code (really small, actually) into their apps, developers can allow users to call up searches through their apps right from any Google hot-word enabled screen. For example, from the home screen of your device, you can say, “OK Google, search pizza on Eat24,” or “OK Google, search for hotels in Maui on TripAdvisor.”

Any developer can enable Google voice search to interact with their app, and anyone with an English locale device running Jelly Bean and above with the Google app v3.5 or greater can use it. Pretty awesome, right? It’s a small change that could end up making a huge difference in how you use your device. What apps would you like to see implement voice search from anywhere? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Android Developers Blog

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    Questions, what stop a developer to make its app do something other than searching after the app receive the search query? As far as I can tell, nothing. If that’s the case, why does Google choose to use the keyword “search”?

  • Wesley

    I’m hoping some of the new APIs in Lollipop are related to better third party app integration into Google Now.

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  • Push

    I’d like to see it used in music apps… “Search for artist ‘x’ on Spotify”.

  • Sayitloudbap

    Why can’t I just tell google to read my last text message out loud? It can send a message. But I still have to go hands on to see the reply. defeats the purpose when driving. I feel Google Search should work closer with Google Hangout.

  • alvester

    I hope BubbleUPnP implements this. It hopefully will make it much easier to switch albums while driving.