Google Voice Search Now Responds to “Play Some Music”
Two days ago, we talked about how Google added a couple new voice commands to its Android Search app as part of this week’s Update Wednesday. The new commands allowed Search to record a video and take a picture just by saying either phrase into Google Voice Search.
Naturally, the new commands added on Wednesday were simply taken care of through Google’s back-end, as no official Android application update was pushed out to end-user devices. Now, Google has added one more command in a similar manner, and it’s quite a bit more useful than Wednesday’s glorified party trick.
As of today, you can now tell the Google Search app to “Play some music,” and it will load a “surprise playlist just for you.” Of course, what Google means by this is that saying this voice commands launches “I’m Feeling Lucky Radio.” This normally assembles a list of songs from music you have stored on your device or have uploaded to Google Play Music, but if you are an All Access subscriber, the music will include anything related to your selected favorites and song history.
It’s nice to see additional functionality added to Google Search. And while Wednesday’s new commands were largely just for novelty, this command could be legitimately useful if, for instance, you use your Android device as a media hub in your car.
[Source: Google+, Twitter]
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