Google Search update introduces ‘Take a Picture’ and ‘Take a video’ voice commands

by: Andrew GrushMarch 19, 2014


Google search is getting a new update today that is designed to make it easier to take a picture or record a video without having to “fumble with your phone to open the camera app”.

The new voice commands are implemented at the back-end, meaning you won’t need a new version of Google Search for this to work. Keep in mind that the commands aren’t enabled for everyone just yet, so there’s a possibility they have yet to reach your device.

To open up your camera app using your voice, you simply need to launch Google Now and then say “take a photo” or “take a video”. Keep in mind, the feature doesn’t actually start recording a video or snap that photo instantly — instead it merely takes you to the photo or video mode of your default camera app.

While it’s always nice to see Google expanding the level of Now commands available to its users, it is hard to say how useful this will be once the novelty wears off. After all, it’s not particularly hard to tap the camera icon that’s in your dock or on your homescreen. What do you think, like this new “OK Google” addition or not?

  • Aar0nC

    This is pretty cool. Sure getting to the camera to take a picture could be faster just clicking the camera app but it’s a good shortcut for taking a video since I usually get to video through the camera app as well.

  • Nathan Powell

    It seems useless on phones, but I have a feeling this is aimed at wearable tech

  • Mike B.

    Useless unless you can actually snap the picture with your voice, like the galaxy s4.

  • John Doe

    I just tried it … It’s pretty kool, but not sure how much I will use it?
    I did use the ‘Ok Google, Call Dad’ fuction last night while grocery shopping, and got all sorts of stupid looks from other shoppers … lol
    I guess it will take some time for people realize we can order our phone to do things for us while we have our hands busy …

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    Can open camera app faster than Google now. But anyway, maybe it’s better for a smartwatch

    • Raechel

      Actually it’s better now. Take a video takes you straight there. Unlike before when you had to default back to camera the next time. It stays default to camera when you open manually. Brilliant

  • arcwindz

    I don’t really like voice command
    You know how weird it is seeing people walking and talking before you realise they’re on the phone via headset
    Now it’ll be weird to see people saying ‘ok google’ on public place and even weirder when they have to repeat that, because the phone don’t get it lol

    On a side note, gesture would be more private then voice, weird, yes, but better than voice imho

    • ArbeitMachtFries

      You keep worrying about what others think of you when you’re not doing anything illegal or immoral and leave the future to the rest of us.

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  • Chris

    This is really stupid. I figured you could set the phone up, walk away, and yell at it to take a picture but this…is completely useless

  • Rohit Naik
  • jd

    Pointless. In the time it takes me to launch Google now, say take a picture, wait for the voice recognition and for the camera to open….I could’ve just opened my camera.