Commandr update: no more “note to self”, faster execution, offline support

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 14, 2014

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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”.

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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.

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  • Anonymousfella

    This is really cool. Google should implement this in Android L

  • I’m glad they found a workaround to the “Note to self” command, that’s what kept me from downloading this app

  • Giovonni Fareed

    cant get it to work threw my G watch, only the phones Google Now that the way its suppose to work ?

  • Jonathan Kramer

    So does this mean it’s a 2 step process like “OK Google”.. then “Turn on Bluetooth”???

    • TechTinker11

      It doesn’t say, but I would presume so if its not being explained.

      • Google Now has always listening feature on supported launchers. While in Nova homescreen you can just say “Ok Google” and “Turn on Bluetooth” then.

      • Jonathan Kramer

        Installed it on my GS3 running 4.4.2,, configured and did one test with Flashlight. After the test, it would not work again and disabled the OK Google feature from any screen for Google Search. Obviously a bug here so it was uninstalled.