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Sphero BB-8 Android app updated with voice command capabilities

Did you get yourself a nifty Sphero BB-8 Star Wars droid? The latest update to the official Android app will let you talk to it and tell it what to do!

Published onSeptember 13, 2015


Did you get yourself a nifty Sphero BB-8 Star Wars droid? The app-controlled spherical robot is about the coolest tech toy we have seen hit the market in a long time. And using your phone to move the android around is only the basic feature; this thing is smarter than one would imagine. One of its perks is the ability to recognize your voice and react to it. There was only one issue – though this was a very widely advertised feature, it wasn’t a capability that was available to Android users at launch.

Sphero is ready to give us voice commands with the latest update to the official BB-8 application. This upgrade brings the application up to version 1.0.1, and it also offers UI tweaks, connection fixes and compatibility for more devices.


Those who want to start ordering their Sphero BB-8 robots around can now go to the official app’s settings and turn the “Voice Commands” option on. After this, you can tell the Sphero BB-8 to go into patrol mode, move forward or backward, and one can even yell out “it’s a trap” to have the robot go away speedily.

This little toy is every Star Wars geek’s dream. It packs so many features, which is why it’s no surprise to see it priced at $149. I say it’s worth every penny, though!

Have you guys been able to test voice commands yet? Hit the comments to let us know how it works.

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