Android 11 upgrades Voice Access to understand screen content, and the results are amazing

Android 11 upgrades Voice Access to understand screen content, and the results are amazing

Google will release Android 11 this fall season. But, as per the usual tradition, Google has been rolling out Developer Previews for the upcoming version of Android. They even released a fourth Developer Preview back in May to compensate for the unavoidable cancellation of the Google I/O conference due to the global pandemic. Yesterday, Google announced the first Android 11 beta which brings a lot of new functional improvements, privacy features, and a few minor but aesthetic UI improvements.

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Besides adding new features, Google has also improved certain existing ones like “Voice Access,” which is an accessibility feature that lets you control the phone without using your hand. As you can imagine, this is designed for users with motor disabilities. These users can simply use their voice to complete basic functions like opening any app, scrolling on the page, or interacting with various responsive elements on the current page by saying the name or the number assigned to each of those elements to make interaction easier.


The Voice Access feature isn’t really new and has been available for over two years. But with the Android 11 beta, Voice Access is becoming more fluid and intuitive, allowing you to just say the name of the thing you want to tap on instead of the number. Dieter Bohn from The Verge has a very informative demo of the feature in the tweet embedded below:

Voice Access is not limited to Android 11 and works with any device running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above. To access the feature, you need to download the app from the Play Store.

Voice Access
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

Notably, Apple also has a similar feature called Voice Control which is available for iOS and macOS. The feature as you can see in the promo below is claimed to work flawlessly.

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Tushar Mehta
Tushar Mehta

I am a Senior Editor at XDA. I have been reviewing gadgets for over five years and gained experience by working for prominent tech publications in India before joining XDA. I enjoy fiddling with all smart objects and my love for software customization dates back to the Symbian S60 days. I like to devote my spare time idealizing the romantic union of technology and philosophy or spacing out on Pink Floyd. You may email me at [email protected]

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