Google Now is fairly useful especially to those who prefer to use voice search instead of type. It’s just that it’s mostly focused on providing you with essential information like the latest weather forecast, street directions, etc. It’s still not fully capable of recognizing voice commands for hardware controls. Fortunately, there’s Commandr.
What Is It and What Does It Do
Commandr is a system enhancement/utility app that can carry out different types of hardware commands via Google Now’s voice command recognition. To be more specific, it intercepts the voice commands that you say to Google Now and automatically uses it to control your device flashlight, music player, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi and a whole lot more. It can even integrate your voice commands with Tasker.
- Easy to configure
- Simple and straightforward
- Clean UI
- Offers hands-free controls – use various voice commands to control your device flashlight, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Music, SMS, etc.
- It makes the Google Now feature a lot more useful so you can do more than just search for the latest weather forecast, game match results, directions, etc.
- You can also use the app to quickly take down notes
- Unless you have Tasker, you can’t use the app to create custom voice commands. Plus, you always need to say “note to self” in order to make a command work.
Just think of it like this – if Google Now can deliver you the right pieces of information at the right time, then Commandr can use Google Now to take control of the hardware aspects of your device. In short, it can make Google Now even more powerful and efficient.
What’s great about Commandr is that it can integrate its functionality with Tasker. So, if you have Tasker, then you can do more than just toggling your device GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. If you don’t have Tasker, then you can settle with the app’s built-in commands. Some of which are as follows:
- Flashlight on/off
- Wi-Fi on/off
- GPS on/off
- Bluetooth on/off
- Pause Music
- Resume Music
- Play Next Song
- Play Previous Song
- Read Unread SMS
Keep in mind that Commandr is still a work in progress so there’s not much that it can do with its current version. Even so, it is currently working on new commands and you can even vote for the ones that you want to be added in the app’s future releases.
Anyways, the way how Commandr works is quite simple. After you launch it, you will be greeted by a brief introduction as to how the app works. After which, you will be taken to the app’s main screen. In order for the app to work, make sure that the option for “Enable interception” is being marked as checked. Thereafter, you can view the app’s built-in commands and try to familiarize everything that’s listed there. Say for example, if you want to turn on your device Bluetooth, just say “turn on Bluetooth” or “Bluetooth on”.
Thereafter, go back to your home screen and access Google Now from there. On the Google Now interface, say “OK, Google” first and then say “Note to self” then immediately say the command that you want (ex. “Bluetooth on”). After that, your device will ask you whether to carry out the command using Commandr or take it as a regular note. Just select “Commandr” and the app will immediately carry out the command.
All in all, I can say that Commandr is a very promising app. It’s also very stable and responsive and so far, I haven’t encountered any serious issues while using it. It’s just that it could’ve been much better if it would add more commands without being overly dependent on third-party automation apps like Tasker. I also find it a bit bothersome to always say “Note to self” just to turn on my device Bluetooth when I can easily switch it on via the notification drawer. Although the app clearly mentioned that such option is required, it would be great if it could find a workaround which doesn’t require such lengthy voice commands.
Conclusion and Download Link
If you want to give Google Now a functionality boost, I highly recommend that you use Commandr. If you already have Tasker, then the more reason that you should give this app a test run. It’s really worth checking out especially if you are the type of Android user who continues to strive for a more convenient hands-free experience.
Version reviewed: 1.1
Requires: Android 4.1 and up
Download size: 2.1MB