OK Google Listen to Custom Voice Action on 3rd Party Apps

How to use Google Voice with NPR app & Shazam

Previously OK Google can only be used in native “Google Now” or most Google apps. A NEW awesome feature for Google Voice was just announced. A small selection of apps will now open directly using voice commands.

For example, you can now say “OK Google, Shazam this song” and magically, Shazam app will open instantaneously to search for a song.ant to know movie times for your date later tonight? Try “OK Google, give me showtimes for Age of Ultron on Flixster” and in seconds you’ll have a full list of theaters and showtimes in the Flixster App. I think you get the idea.

The implementation right now has some limitations – only a few applications are supported, and even supported apps only have one or two specific voice commands that will open the app to perform the desired action. For example, when I tried asking for a place to eat lunch at on TripAdvisor I got a normal Google search result card. That being said, it’s exciting to see the possibilities the future holds when custom voice actions are fully implemented. It would be awesome to order a pizza from Pizza Hut or reserve a movie from GV app.

Here is a more complete list of the apps that are currently supported that I found here.

  • 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.

Google would also love to hear feedback from developers who are interest in implementing their own custom voice commands. Im surprised Youtube isnt in the list yet. For a small list of some of the 88+ things you can do by voice with the Google app, check out their landing page here.

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