Being able to use voice commands to operate your mobile device is certainly high in the coolness scale. Siri, Google Voice, Vlingo, and Sonalight are just some example applications that provide this hands-free functionality. There is one common denominator among these apps however that can be a little limiting. They all require Internet connectivity in order to recognize your vocal commands.
Fortunately, K&J Software came up with a voice control app for the Android platform that works offline. They could have come up with a better name, but “Voice Control without Internet” probably requires less explanation.
Voice Control doesn’t need to go on the web because it comes with its own speech recognition programming and database. As such, the app’s current development only offers a few commands. It can recognize the following phrases: (1) send message, (2) make a phone call, (3) open browser, (4) check email, (5) Google map, and (6) open calculator. All of them are meant to launch the most commonly used apps on a mobile. The “make a phone call” command for example opens the particular dialer program of your Android device.
The UI and operation is as easy as you could expect from an app that’s meant to reduce tapping and swiping. Once active, Voice Control starts monitoring any voice inputs that may match its limited command set. It does this for 7 second intervals. A dialog box will appear that shows the closest match in case a given command was not recognized clearly. If no commands had been given within the time frame, the “Try Again” option restarts the monitoring.
Hopefully future versions of this application carry a more extended set of voice commands. This could become an almost indispensible utility for Android users who use prepaid mobile data services.