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This article was published on March 19, 2014

Google Search for Android now lets you say ‘Ok Google, take a photo’ or ‘take a video’ to launch the camera app

Google Search for Android now lets you say ‘Ok Google, take a photo’ or ‘take a video’ to launch the camera app Image by: Sean Gallup
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Google today updated its Google Search app for Android with two new “Ok Google” commands: “take a photo” and “take a video.” You can download the new version now directly from Google Play (if you don’t see it yet, be patient as these rollouts are usually staggered).

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As you might expect, each phrase will launch your camera app in the preferred mode. If you don’t want to say “Ok Google” first, you can still use the voice commands by tapping the microphone icon first. These aren’t huge new features, but if turned into a habit, they might be useful when you want to start snapping or shooting as quickly as possible.

Image Credit – Sean Gallup/Getty Images

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