Google updated it’s search app for Android users with new features like snap a photo or record a video by saying “OK Glass” and speaking your command. With the update google search, you can now either tap the microphone or say “OK Google” followed by “take a photo” or “take a video” and Google will launch your camera app.
Google says in a blog post on Google+ — “So we’re down to the Top 10 on #Idol . Whether you’re tuning in for CJ’s soulful country, Jena’s piano power, or Caleb’s rawk… if you happen to miss the name of one of the songs while watching, just tap the mic in your #GoogleSearch app (or say “Ok Google”) and say “Listen to TV.” You’ll find out the title, artist and other cover versions”.
Google has already revealed that they’ll be moving the Glass platform over to Android 4.4 and this feature certainly has a smart Glass-like functionality aspect to it. It makes sense that the more hands-free functionality you can add in software to any device, beyond just basic search, the better and it should find a way to practical application beyond just Google’s own directly supported devices.
This new update of Google search once again kicked off a privacy and security debate, as the feature, which if enabled in an Android device, passively listens to the user at all times until the user says ‘Ok Google’. It’s worth pointing out that Google had first launched voice search on desktop via Chrome in 2011 and later the feature ‘Ok Google’ feature debuted on Moto X smartphone in 2013.
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