A few lucky beta testers can now tell their phones what to do

Voice access is coming to your phone, although at the moment it’s available to only a few beta testers. Of course, anyone can already search Google by voice, and owners of Android phones can use voice control to make reminders, take notes, set alarms and so forth.

Voice control for your Android phone

This new service is different however, in that it’s about enabling access to the phone itself, for example running applications or making apps easier to use by saying things like ‘Open Chrome’ or ‘Click Next’. The effort is aimed at people who might otherwise have problems seeing what’s on screen or accessing buttons or links.

The beta test programme is currently no longer accepting any more sign ups but as soon as these features are enabled more generally, we’ll let you know.