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Google Search camera commands

Google added a new function to Google Search for Android on Wednesday that lets users speak to their phone and open the camera application in a specific mode. By saying “OK Google, take a photo,” the camera app will open for image capture while an “OK Google, record a video,” command sets the camera up for movie taking. The additional function is another example of Google using voice input on mobile devices, something that will come in very handy for the company’s Android Wear platform that will power smartwatches.

  1. Cool, thanks for the info @KevinCTofel . I had not seen that yet! Just tried it on CM 10.2 (Android 4.3) and it works faster than I expected.

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  2. It’s worth noting that, as far as I know, you can’t actually take a picture or record a video with a voice command, so no replacing the camera timer just yet.

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  3. Curious how this is different that say, “OK Google, open the camera app” or any other app, which we’ve been able to do for a while now. I was under the impression it would snap the pic or start recording a video without manual intervention.

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    1. This is very similar of course, which one twist: it opens the app to the proper mode, either for stills or for video.

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