Rumor: LG to launch smartphone with always-on voice commands in 2014
A new report says that next year LG will launch a smartphone that will come with support for always-on voice commands.
GottaBeMobile apparently spoke with three different sources familiar with the matter who revealed that the always-on voice-based feature would let users control their device by issuing commands beyond what’s already available Apple’s Siri or Google’s Google Now, and actually navigate the operating system:
[quote qtext=”In one example, users can speak a voice command to tell Google Maps to pan around and switch views. Users can also tell Google Maps to zoom in or out. This is different from existing voice solutions, which are based mainly for searching, launching apps, and dictating. The navigation of the Android OS by voice will be a new user experience for some people.” qperson=”” qsource=”GottaBeMobile” qposition=”center”]
The feature can’t be confirmed at this time, but it’s not like we don’t expect future devices to pack such powers.
After all, the Moto X has been confirmed to offer advanced smart features described as contextual awareness. It’s not clear how that would work, but it’s obvious that LG will certainly not be the only company trying to offer more to customers looking for more advanced handsets.
Furthermore, Google also unveiled a sort-of always-on voice-based Chrome-specific search features for its desktop Google Search, a feature that could further be expanded in the future.
Finally, we’re going to remind you that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 flagship processor, due to arrive later this year and power a variety of flagship devices, will have always-on voice support.
The LG Optimus G2 is already rumored to use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, although it’s too early to tell whether the handset will indeed have always-on capabilities. However, it makes sense to assume that only high-end devices sporting such processors (or their successors) would come with advanced always-on voice commands support.
Are you looking forward to see such features in future handsets?