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Google extends voice search to third-party Android apps


Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) on Thursday, extended its voice search compatibility with third-party apps like TuneIn, Shazam, NPR and Zillow. With the latest version of the Google apps users can use the integrated services, after installing the apps.ok-google-voice-assistant

Android users can say “Ok Google, Shazam this song,” and similar commands for other services like Zillow, NPR, TuneIn online radio and more. The app will need be opened individually, and Google will take the user into the app, based on the query. However, there are specific queries for certain apps like “Show me [movie title] on Flixter,” and “Show attractions near me on TripAdvisor.”

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“We are currently piloting custom voice actions with a select group of partners, but we plan to open it more widely in the future,” said Google.

Google has also integrated commands for Wink smart hubs. Real estate service Zillow can be used for local searches or housing in other cities or homes for sale and rent. The new feature will work in the U.S, U.K, Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Singapore and South Africa. Smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0, and web data turned on can use the feature.

The company stated that it “loved” to hear more ideas to implement in the feature. The latest announcement comes after the release of Google Now cards for  70 Android apps, including apps like Zipcar, Spotify, Runkeeper and OpenTable. Google launched the “OK Google” voice-command feature in 2014, and third-party apps have been integrated into them. The feature has extended the search-engine feature, and is an important aspect in Android Wear” smartwatches.google-voice-search-third-party-apps

It remains to be seen if Google can pick up the different accents in different regions. More apps are likely to be added in the coming days, though the specific commands could be a downside to the feature. The voice-command feature will be an added advantage to users who wish to listen to radio on the move.

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