One of the really cool capabilities of Android is its speech recognition. You can run a Google query by speaking the term or say a command like “call frank mcpherson” to control the phone. Unfortunately prior to today only Android users in the United States could use voice actions, but today Google has released an update to Voice Search so that users in the U.K, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain can now use them.
If you aren’t familiar with Voice Actions, it provides seven different commands that you can speak to an Android phone. For example, to see a map of Chicago you can say “map of Chicago” at the Voice Search prompt, which opens when you press and hold the search button on Android phones. You can use voice commands to send text messages, get directions, send e-mail, view a map, open a web site, write a note to yourself, or listen to music.
The following video provides a demonstration of how Voice Actions work: