Thanks to the growing prominence of Google Now, voice control is something that Android users can rely on — but Google's own integrated app doesn't necessarily give you all the functionality and flexibility you need. If it's not quite enough, there are a number of alternatives around. Here is our list of the best apps for controlling your phone with your voice.
Whether you want to open up specific apps, access menu settings, toggle certain features on and off or create customized commands of your very own, we've got you covered. These apps all come with easy-to-follow help documentation and tutorials too, so you can get started quickly.
The hugely capable AutoVoice is well worth a look if you want to be able to add custom voice commands to Google Now — that's exactly what it does, no rooting required. You can use the software in its unrestricted form for seven days, after which you'll need to pay if you want to keep it.
You could create a custom voice command to launch a particular app, for example, or adjust the volume on your handset. Note that you'll also need to purchase and install Tasker to enable the integration with Google Now, but you're getting a lot of features for your money.
KLets primary focus is helping to do anything you want on your Android phone using voice control — if you find yourself in a situation where you can't operate your device normally (like in the car) then it's a powerful app to have on hand. It's free to use as well.
It uses the speech recognition facilities already built into Android but builds on top of them to give you more control and extra options. It's possible to call contacts, send messages, launch applications, interact with various apps, get phone status information and more besides.
Utter Voice Commands
Utter is designed more as a smart assistant in the style of Google Now, but voice control is a big part of its feature set. It's designed around usability and speed, and many of the app's functions can be used while you're offline if you happen to be without a data or Wi-Fi connection.
Through Utter you can use voice control to toggle switches, launch apps and get at menu options you can't usually access with voice input on Android. What's more, it integrates with many of the most popular apps, as well as all the key Android settings like GPS and Wi-Fi.
MyVoice rather cleverly builds on top of the voice capabilities already integrated into Android and gives you more flexibility — essentially, you can talk more naturally to your phone. Creating your own customized voice commands is straightforward and there's plenty of help inside the app.
Among the supported actions for MyVoice are opening apps, checking notifications and accessing options inside individual apps. Via the website you can edit and tweak your commands and make sure they're doing what you intend them to do on your smart device.
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