Commandr, the clever app that lets you toggle various settings of your Android phone through Google Now, has received an update that makes it much easier to use.
Because Google Now lacks a proper API that would allow third-party apps to interact with it, Commandr used the “note to self” functionality in order to receive voice commands. As a side effect, each command had to include “note to self” at the beginning, which was clunky to say the least.
That changes with the latest update – developer Ryan Senanayake found a way to issue commands without the “note to self” prefix, using Android’s accessibility features. After you update Commandr to version 2.1, you will need to activate the service from the Settings>Accessibility menu. You will then be able to issue commands directly – for instance, activating Bluetooth is as simple as opening Google Now and saying “turn Bluetooth on”.
In addition to the simplified syntax, commands execute faster and now work offline.
Because of the new accessibility service workaround, Commandr has access to all the text you enter into Google Now. Ryan claims the app doesn’t store any information, but if you’re concerned about privacy, you can disable the accessibility access and use the old “note to self” method instead.
In a separate update from last week, Commandr gained the ability to read unread text messages with the command “unread SMS”.
For more info on the app, read Joe Hindy’s take in his Indie App of the Day segment.
Check Commandr out in the Play Store here.