Use OK Google voice command to have your notifications read out to you

Ok Google is a very popular and useful Android feature. It does a lot already,  from playing music to opening apps, saving notes, and so many other things and in March of this year, Google opened the API up to developers. Doing so means developers can integrate app functionality with the OK Google command. This means users can invoke the app function with the ‘Ok Google’ command. The best example of this came with Youtube, which now lets you control the app with voice commands.

And now, we have an app that can read out your notifications for you. Remember how cool it used to be? I remember my teacher showing such a feature on his QWERTY equipped expensive Nokia. It wasn’t activated with a voice based command though.

OK Google Notifications is a free Android app that makes excellent use of the Ok Google feature and reads out all your notifications to you. The app is very basic at the moment so it has only one command that will read out all notifications but doesn’t let you tell the app to read out the last notification only or notifications from a specific app or contact.

Install OK Google Notifications and allow it to access your notifications. You must have the sound for your device turned up in order for the app to read the notifications out loud.

Once you’ve granted the app the right permissions, say, Ok Google to invoke the feature. When Ok Google starts listening, say ‘Open my notifications’. The command will open the app.

Google-Play-Button-NEW-e1460739245700OK Google Notifications works great and is a testament to how much use you can get out of Ok Google. It’s worth mentioning that your device and Android version must both support Ok Google. If you’ve used a root or other hack to enable Ok Google on your device, the app may or may not work.

This is the  first version of OK Google Notifications and new features are likely to be added which, hopefully will let you have the app read out notifications from a particular app or read out the last few notifications. Give it a try and share your opinions on it.

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