Google will let you navigate around your phone, hands-free
Voice Access, currently in beta status, allows you to move around the screen, jump to other screens and open apps through your voice. You can utter specific commands, such as "Open Chrome" or "Go home." Voice Access also places numbers next to icons and other objects on a screen. So you can say the number associated with an item to access it.
Smartphones play a vital role in helping people communicate, find information and manage their lives, all with a few taps. But people with disabilities can sometimes feel cut off from the technology designed to help us.
Voice Access is part of Google's effort to make its phones more accessible to people with disabilities that prevent them from using their hands or seeing the screen clearly. Apple has its own iPhone technology called VoiceOver, which reads whatever you tap on the screen, a helpful option for people who are blind or visually impaired.
"We recently launched Voice Access Beta, an app that allows people who have difficulty manipulating a touch screen due to paralysis, tremor, temporary injury or other reasons to control their Android devices by voice," Google said in a blog post Monday.