Control your device with custom voice commands with Voice Shortcuts Launcher [Android]

If real life was Star Trek, everything would be grand. The world would be hunger-free, we could travel the galaxy, and computers would be voice-commanded. Hey,wait a second–that last one is possible today! With Voice Shortcuts Launcher, you can open apps, call people, send texts, view contacts, toggle settings, and more–all with your voice.

Natural language recognition is still a few years away, and custom shortcuts even further. Even so, with Voice Shortcuts Launcher, you can create short commands to replace every single one of your homescreen shortcuts. You can open apps, websites, files, and contacts; you can call, email, or text your contacts; you can toggle WiFi, Bluetooth, and Airplane Mode; you can change your sound profile–anything you want is possible.

To use a shortcut once set up, just add the VSL widget to your homescreen. Tapping it will bring up a standard Google Voice Recognition window, and when you’re done, the command will be executed. If you’re really interested in opening the shortcut quickly, you can even add VSL to your notification tray to make it accessible from anywhere.

With Voice Shortctuts Launcher, there’s literally thousands of voice commands at your disposal. Please note again that these aren’t natural language, and must be spoken word for word, but even with this small downside, VSL is a great way to do any number of actions with incredible speed and ease.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.1

Requires: Android 2.2+

Download size: 406KB

Voice Shortcuts Luancher on Play Store

[via AddictiveTips]

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  • @Ashraf: On an aside, I can’t change my avatar. Going to my user profile, there’s no option available regarding them.

  • @al hall: Depends. The great thing about this is that it can do whatever you tell it to do.

    @BarrysCool: To tell the truth, Google Now >>>> S Voice. I’m running Now on my Samsung Vibrant (first Galaxy S era) and while it’s extremely slow and laggy (as the phone is over two years old), it’s still a great service. The voice is extremely natural sounding, and the interface is beautiful. It’s also not a direct Siri ripoff like S Voice. The controls are the only thing it lacks.

  • al hall

    But can it do:
    “tea; Earl Gray; hot”… ?

  • Ashraf

    If I understand this properly, this app uses Google’s voice recognition library?
    @BarrysCool: How well does it work? I’ve heard about S Voice but never used it myself.

  • BarrysCool

    The Samsung Galaxy S3 has installed ready to go S Voice which come pre installed and it controls most functions by voice.