Probably one of the best parts about smartphones is the apps you can install to do more. But sometimes it is inconvenient to unlock your phone and tap the screen to control them. If you use Android, there is good news for you: you can now control many apps with your voice, and more apps will come.
That̵7;s right, now you can use voice commands like “Hello Google, order a smoothie at Postmates”, and if you have the Postmates app installed, your phone will go through the process. All without having to get your dirty fingers on the screen.
You need an Android phone with an assistant, unfortunately people who made Alexa the main assistant. And you also need relevant apps installed on your phone. To begin with, the new Hey Google feature works with over 30 apps, and Google promises that more will come.
Right now, the list includes Spotify, Twitter, Postmates, Walmart, Snapchat, MyFitnessPal and more. What you can do depends on the apps themselves, but the commands are sensible enough.
You could say “Hello Google, find Motivation Mix on Spotify”, for example, or “sign a berry smoothie on MyFitnessPal.” And if you frequently use a specific command, you can create shortcuts to make the command even easier to use. For example, instead of saying “Hello Google, when’s my Walmart order coming?” you can create the “Hello Google, Walmart Status” shortcut.
The new feature is rolling out today, so if you have a new Android phone with Assistant enabled, give it a try.