Monthly Archives: June 2014

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Google’s eye-free interface for Android

Google has been working on the new feature for Android which will let you interact with your phone without consuming your attention.

This is done basically for the safe driving concept but for this google is working on the improvement of effective voice related issues.

The feature would allow you to search from anywhere by speaking a request, even if you’re using an app or if the screen is locked. This always-on voice search would also work when the phone is turned off while it’s charging.

A design concept of Google’s eye-free interface:

According to this design concept the you don’t need to grab the phone for carryout searches and perform simple tasks.

 

When in this “eyes-free” mode, Google would speak aloud search results in a more detailed manner than it does today. For example, instead of just reciting the weather forecast, Google would read the whole card out loud.

If your question only pulls up search results rather than a direct answer from Google, the feature will suggest that you save those results for later or exit “eyes-free” mode when it’s safe to do so.

In some instances, Google will also take the initiative to complete tasks automatically. For example Google will automatically hit the send button if it is not pressed within specific time limit.

Android Police didn’t specify how Google decides whether to act on its own or wait for your confirmation, but did make it seem like this would only be an occasional occurrence. In most cases, users would vocally confirm or press a button to perform an action manually.

 

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The feature is being referred to as KITT internally. The voice search screen consists of a black background with a red or blue circle indicating whether or not Google is listening for a search query or speaking the results.

 

The rumor appears just as previous reports have suggested that Google has some radical changes in store for Android. The company may roll out a new program called Android Silver, which could replace Google’s Nexus line of smartphones. Google would partner with Android device makers to create special handsets that run on a pure version of Android and come with extra features and support—such as 24/7 help via Google Hangouts.

We’re expecting to learn more about Android, Google’s wearable devices and Chrome at its upcoming I/O developer event on June 25,2014.