As Google Now is opening its Card doors for a whole bunch of third-party apps, the company’s voice command service felt kind of left out. Worry not, however, as Google has just announced that a small selection of applications will now work with the ‘OK Google’ command, further solidifying Google’s efforts in integrating additional third-party services into its ecosystem.
The only thing you have to do in order to use these commands is say something like ‘OK Google, show attractions near me on TripAdvisor’ or ‘OK Google, Shazam this song’ and Google’s voice control center will follow your wishes. Previously, uttering a command like this would simply take you to the download page of the app or open up a Google search with your query.
As cool as this is, the service is currently very limited as it only supports a handful of apps and even then it works with specific phrases only. Still, the idea is that more third-party developers will be willing to implement this feature in their own apps so Google’s Android can become a central hub of first and third-party app interactions. And for those with wearable devices, features like this could very well resemble futuristic films, if it works well anyway.
The full list of currently supported apps and phrases is as follows:
- Flixster: “Show me Inception on Flixster.”
- Instacart: “Show instacart availability.”
- Lincoln: “Start my Lincoln MKZ.”
- NPR One: “Listen to NPR.”
- Realtor.com: “Show rentals near me on Realtor.”
- Shazam: “Shazam this song.”
- TripAdvisor: “Show attractions near me on TripAdvisor.”
- Trulia: “Show homes for sale in Boston on Trulia.”
- TuneIn Radio: “Open TuneIn in car mode.”
- Walmart: “Scan my receipt on Walmart.”
- Wink: “Activate home mode on Wink.”
- Zillow: “Show me open houses nearby on Zillow.