Google often manages to impress us. Yesterday, with their two San Francisco announcements, they continue to keep us interested in their innovations.
First, was Voice Actions. We here at iSmashPhone have always been impressed with Google's voice recognition technology and have said before that it makes the iPhone's tech feel useless by comparison. Voice Actions adds functionality that allows for 13 different actions such as "Send message to.." in which the user can then name the contact and speak the message. Music fans will love the find music command, which searches through various apps and across the internet. It also lets users set alarms, go to websites on command and say locations and addresses to get directions. It's included on the Droid 2, and should be available through the Android Market on devices running Froyo. There's more on Voice Actions after the jump below.
Google's other big announcement was that the Chrome to Phone's continuous client App is now official. It's available for Froyo on the Android Market. It can push websites from Chrome to your Android device, making for an overall smoother browser experience. For example, let's say you are browsing for pizza places while doing something on the internet. You find something that looks good, and locate it on Google Maps. Now it's time to head out and pick up some pizza, have that pushed to your phone and your ready to go.
Here are a few of the actions according to Google's Mobile:
Send text messages
Say "send text to [recipient] [message]*"
e.g. "send text to Allison Miller Running late. I will be home around 9"
Say "navigate to [address/city/business name]"
e.g. "navigate to the DeYoung Museum San Francisco" or "navigate to 1965 Page St."
Say "call [contact name] [phone type]*"
e.g. "call Allison Miller home"
View a map
Say "map of [address/city]"
e.g. "map of San Francisco"
Have a look at Google's Voice Actions site for a full list.