Most new Android smartphones have support for voice commands built in, and if you have the feature turned on in the Google Search app, you can also just say “OK Google” to ask your phone all manner of questions.
It even helps with some simple tasks, which is why it’s a useful feature especially when you can’t physically operate the phone. However, at the moment OK Google requires you to be online and connected to the Internet, but it looks like that’s all set to change very soon.
OK Google available without Internet access
Someone has discovered that in the latest version of Google Search for Android, there are hints that OK Google voice commands will soon be available even when you’re not connected to the Internet.
It would however still need an Internet connection in order to provide answers from Google Search, but offline it would still be possible to do things like turning on Wi-Fi, playing music, making a phone call and sending SMS messages.
The app also has some code that suggests other commands will also soon be possible by voice, such as adjusting the screen brightness and the volume.
Such activities don’t need much interaction by the user, but it would be great if they could all be controlled easily by voice. It’s not yet clear when Google intends to make offline formally available to Android users, but it’s likely to be in the not too distant future.