Google Launches Voice Actions For Android Phones

Google has launched a voice control application for Android-based smartphones.

The Voice Actions program allows users to speak commands to phone to have it write text messages, e-mails and even find road direction, news agency the Associated Press has reported.

The application works for 12 commands including calling, texting, browsing and GPS navigating.

"Voice Actions are a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone using your voice. Even though our phones do all these new things, the most natural way of interacting with a phone remains: speaking,” said product manager Hugo Barra and engineering manager Dave Burke in a blog post on Thursday.

The Voice Actions application is compatible with mobile phone that run hte Android 2.2 operating system, codenamed Froyo.

Currently only available in English, the application is in-built into the forthcoming Droid 2.

Users who have upgraded to Froyo OS, can access the application via Android Market.