Voice control for smartphones continues to evolve, and projects like Android Wear help really spell-out just how ubiquitous voice commands are about to get in the years to come. Today we learn about a small, but still pretty neat change coming to Google Search on your smartphone, letting you pull up you phone’s camera app with the sound of your voice.
All you have to do is tell Google to “take a picture” or “record a video,” and your phone’s camera will fire up in the mode you mentioned, all ready for you to start capturing some memories.
Sure, it’s not as powerful as something like a hardware shutter button, which can not only launch your camera app but also help you while you taking your shots. And yeah, the novelty of voice control is somewhat deflated by the fact that you have to interact with the screen to change camera settings and actually take the picture. That said, it’s harmless fun, and if you find a situation where this voice control is more convenient than just tapping an app icon, more power to you.
The new ability reportedly supports phones running Android 4.1 or later. You shouldn’t need any app update for it to start working, but we haven’t seen it take effect on our own devices just yet; it may take a few hours to show up.