Ditech's toktok Enables In-Call Voice Searching
Ditech Networks announced a new service offering today that will allow users to perform voice-activated searches and other functions on their mobile phone during the middle of a phone call. With a call in progress, a user will say "toktok" and then proceed with voice commands to search their email, open their contacts, check their calendars and even access social networking tools. After the search is done, users can return to their phone call. The idea is to allow people to interact with their phones without the use of their hands. toktok will be offered as an invite-only beta later this spring.
Google Threads Voice Commands Deeper Into Google Maps
People can now use their voice to take full command of Google Maps when in the car. Google updated Maps today and added more support for "Ok, Google"-based voice commands.
Google Search App Can Be Used to Open, Interact with Other Apps
Google has updated the main search application for Android devices and expanded its ability to use voice commands with other installed applications. For example, users can say things like, "Ok Google, Shazam this song," or "Ok Google, listen to NPR" and it will do exactly that.
Google Simplifies Searching For Lost Phones
Google today made improvements to its My Accounts tool that should help people better manage their Google settings as well as their smartphone. Users can now access their account by saying, "Ok Google, show me my Google account" into the Google Search app.
Google Search Speaks More than One Language at a Time
Google has improved the multilingual capabilities of its voice search feature. The latest version of Google Search allows users to speak up to five different languages without requiring that they change the settings each time.
Voice Assistant Coming in BlackBerry OS 10.3
BlackBerry today revealed that the upcoming BlackBerry OS 10.3 will include a voice-activated virtual assistant, much like Siri and Google Now. BlackBerry assistant, as the app is called, will be able to interact with email, calendar, messaging, timers, and the web.
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