Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) recently updated their search application to include voice a command that launches the camera. This new features works for both photo and video mode.
A better look at the update’s new features
Yesterday, the search giant released a blog post on Google+ offering more details about this new feature: “With the Google Search App on Android, you can just tap the microphone or say ‘OK Google,’ then ‘take a photo’ or ‘take a video.’ Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) will launch your camera app in the preferred mode.”
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This new feature makes smartphone operation easier. It should work well with Google’s upcoming smartwatches, particularly the Moto 360 which features a smaller screen. In order to use this command, users will have to launch the search app first. For Nexus 5 owners, that means pulling it up from the bottom of the screen and swiping left from the home screen.
New features from Google beyond the camera
BGR explained, “The update may not necessarily offer faster access to the camera, and may be more useful on devices that have always-on listening features enabled than on others, but these new features may make more sense for Android Wear devices in the future, as they could let users initiate actions on a phone by saying the appropriate commands into a smartwatch or other smart wearable device.”
Other features in the new update include Google Keyboard and Personalized Suggestions settings. The latter takes data from other Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) applications and services to improve suggestions given by Google Keyboard. Although Google claims the information is stored in the device. Users who don’t want information stored can simply turn off the personalized suggestions from Google’s keyboard settings menu.
Another feature included is Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Keyboard is the ABC key that allows users to jump from keyboard to emoji list. Last, but certainly not least, there is also a Settings icon which pops up right after pressing the microphone for a short time.