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Google could be opening up some very cool possibilities for designing mobile user experiences. Their Voice Actions for Android, recently introduced on the Google Mobile Blog, is impressive. Small screens and awkward keyboards can be challenging for mobile. Voice interaction opens up new ways of interacting with our devices. I’m hoping we get to use more and more of our devices truly hands free.

Check out the video above demonstrating Google Voice Actions. Note that you can search for a business by name, dial the number and get directions without pushing a button. Think about the possibilities for mobile design.

Aside from the cool factor, there are real world applications that make voice interaction an important feature. In addition to opening up mobile to those with mobility and sight restrictions, hands free texting can literally save lives on the road.

There will be even more amazing mobile design possibilities if Google enables a Voice Actions API, letting Android app developers build voice control into their apps.

Branded marketing and advertising mobile apps could easily leverage the API to guide users to nearby stores, call them, and give directions.

Other commands include:

  • 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]

Eventually, I’d like to see devices presenting content to me with voice. I could search with my voice, have results presented with the device’s voice then respond back with my voice.

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