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Voice for WhatsApp Beta Released, Ready for Testing
Over the last couple of years, there have been great strides in integrating voice actions with mobile technology. Google Now has helped users issue all kinds of voice commands, as has Siri. Voice commands have even filtered down to app level, with dictation and voice commands within apps. Now, WhatsApp users have the ability to use voice commands.
XDA Senior Member pacosal has released the Voice for WhatsApp Beta. Here’s pacosal’s explanation on what this does exactly:
It is an application that allows you to work with WhatsApp by voice, both to listen and to send messages.
When you receive a notification of WhatsApp, the program will read the message. If the device is on, try to read it and give you the option to answer orally, if it is off (the screen) when you unlock it will try to do it.
Having your messages read to you can be a great help when you can’t take the time to look at your device. Of course, this is in beta, and that means there are some issues. The biggest known bug is the voice will read the time and date instead of the text messages sometimes.
If you’d like to help out with the beta testing process or simply give it a go, check out the original thread.
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