We’re ending a crazy 2020 with something sweet – the release of Q Actions 2.5! In our latest version, we’re proud to announce a couple of unique and useful features: Voice Announcements and new Parameter Options.
Now, app notifications have a Voice! We’ve made it super-simple for your apps to talk to you, and for you to follow up … hands free! The Voice Announcements feature gives you full control – you decide which app notifications are announced, and when. You can select one of our preset time profiles like Work “8:00AM – 5:00PM” or create your own.Specific Voice Announcements for incoming Calls, Texts, WhatsApp, and Twitter allow you to act upon the notification with a follow-on action. We empower users to simply do more with voice. Check out the video below to see hands free Voice Announcements in action.
Q Actions can help users select from among multiple valid options for an action using voice. Our Custom Knowledge knows what actions and content are available on a particular app or service.For example, Q Actions knows an awful lot about popular movies, TV series and music. So, the next time you feel like watching Star Wars, we can give you a list of titles relevant to the app you’ve selected. Of course, if you know exactly what you want, simply tell Q Actions and it’ll take you straight to that title.
Do more with voice hands free! Q Actions is now available on Google Play.
If you’ve been following technology news recently, you might have heard that there’s a privacy war brewing. It should also come as no surprise that the digital assistants you use on a daily basis know a terrifying amount of information about you. At the same time, there’s no arguing that some of this is ultimately useful to you, as a consumer. This personal information is used to enable phone calls to your loved ones, or to take you to the right address when you navigate “home”.
As consumers become more privacy-conscious, however, they’re starting to ask if perhaps they’re giving more than they’re getting. Where do you draw the line? You might be fine with letting Amazon get access to your calendar, but what about your Spotify password, or to your online banking account?
At Aiqudo, we care deeply about user privacy and providing utility. Often, this means we need to work that much harder at things that may seem easy or trivial for other digital assistants because they have all this access to your data. Let’s look at a few of the ways that Aiqudo is able to deliver personal and private Actions for your mobile device.
The first and simplest way that Aiqudo can guarantee privacy is by simply not collecting the data in the first place. For example, we don’t require you to create an account, or to give us credentials to access any of the apps or services available on our platform – you use your trusted apps as you normally would, e.g., with biometric authentication. The only information Aiqudo collects is what apps the user has installed on their device, and what the user says, i.e., user commands. The former is used to personalize and filter our Action results to what is most relevant to that particular user and device. In addition, Aiqudo uses a randomized identifier to track a user within our system. This is not tied to any personal information like an email address or phone number. This identifier is also unique to the Q Actions application, which means that user data from other applications cannot be correlated to Aiqudo user activity either.
What happens to the data that Aiqudo does collect? Ultimately, only aggregated data is stored for the long term. This data is valuable to understand what kinds of queries users ask, or when we may have incorrectly classified an intent. We do not use this data to track queries made by an individual user, or create a user profile. Aiqudo is GDPR compliant.
Aiqudo’s Private Data Manager
However in some cases, weneed to know a little bit more about you. If you’re trying to send your TPS report to Bill, we’d like to be able to identify the right contact to send that critical document to. So while you may notice that we do ask for access to things like your calendar, or your contact list in the Q Actions app, it’s important to know that we never send this information to our servers. Instead, what we do is annotate user queries with hints to indicate that a certain word or phrase matches a local contact or meeting name. This improves the accuracy of our intent matching without requiring direct access to personal or private information.
This approach is simple, but very powerful. We’ve also added the ability to send hints about previous Actions that a user has run, and their input or output. For example, if you searched for Chinese restaurants nearby, we might store the resultant list of restaurants on your device. Then, if you follow up by telling Q Actions “take me to the second one”, we know which restaurant you’re talking about and can start turn-by-turn directions to that address.
That’s not all we can do. A business has a lot more information. Sometimes we get review ratings or a phone number in addition to an address. We can search this information locally when you refer to previous actions that you’ve taken, or when starting a new interaction with Q Actions. This means we can take that restaurant and send its address to a friend. Or we can generate options when you say something like, “get me in touch with someone in the Engineering department”.
Another really powerful thing that we can do with our Private Data Manager is understand some of the relevant data in your apps (with your permission, of course), e.g., your Spotify playlists. So if you say “play Calming Acoustic”, which happens to refer to one of your favorite playlists, we kick off this action in Spotify (not Pandora) without you having to explicitly say so; this information stays safe on your device, and within your trusted apps.
We’ve talked about how this works with simple, everyday examples, but the functionality we’ve built means we have the unique ability to work with privacy-conscious or sensitive applications in verticals like finance, or healthcare. Partners also have the ability to import structured data into the Action Kit (SDK) on the client. This data is searched whenever a user makes a request, and the user query is annotated with hints, just like contacts or other built in data types. Partners have full control over what is stored, or when it is updated.
I hope this gives you a better understanding of how we treat private data. As a company, we firmly believe that users should be able to control the flow of their data, and not feel like it’s being taken hostage because of a handful of useful or maybe even critical features that they have on their phone. Most users don’t fully understand what data is being collected, or how it can be used in the wrong hands. It’s our job to educate and put in place sensible safeguards that restrict the flow of private data while still being able to deliver the same level of utility. We’ve shown that with the right kind of thinking and a little (or a lot) of elbow grease, this is possible, and consumers should demand nothing less.
As I played around with the app, I realized how cool the capabilities were. During the iOS stage of my internship, I verified and debugged numerous iOS Q App actions and contributed to the latest release of the iOS Q Actions app. From there, I researched new actions to on board for Android, focusing on relevant information and new apps. As a result, I proposed actions that would display COVID-19 information in Facebook and open Messenger Rooms. Through this process, I learned how to implement Voice Talkback too for the Facebook COVID-19 info action, using Android Device Monitor and Q Tools. The unique actions I finally on boarded included:
“show me coronavirus info” >> talks back first 3 headlines in COVID-19 Info Center Pane on Facebook
“open messenger rooms” >> creates and opens a Messenger Room
Users don’t have to say an exact phrase in order for the app to execute the correct action; the smart AI-based intent matching system will only run the relevant actions from Facebook or Messenger based on the user’s query. The user does not even have to mention the app by name – the system picks the right app automatically.
When these actions finally got implemented, it felt rewarding to see my work easily accessible on smartphones; thereafter, I told my friends and family about the amazing Q Actions app so they could see my work. Throughout my Aiqudo internship, the team was incredibly easy to talk to and they always encouraged questions. It showed me the real-life applications of software engineering and AI, which I hadn’t been exposed to before, and the importance of collaboration and perseverance, especially when I was debugging pesky actions for iOS. This opportunity taught me in a hands-on way the business and technical skills needed for a startup like Aiqudo to be nimble and successful, which I greatly appreciated. Overall, my time at Aiqudo was incredibly memorable and I hope to be back soon.
Thank you Phillip, Mark, Steven, Rajat and the rest of the Aiqudo team for giving me this valuable experience this summer!
This version of Q Actions features contextual downstream actions, integration with your calendar, as well as under the bonnet improvements to our matching engines. Q Actions help users power through their day by being more useful and thoughtful.
Q Actions understands the context when performing your actions. Let’s say you call a contact in your phonebook with the command “call Tiffany”. You can then follow-up with the command “navigate to her house”. Q Actions is aware of the context based on your previous command and is able to use that information in a downstream action.
say “call Tiffany”
then “navigate to her house”
Stay on top of your schedule and daily events with the recently added Calendar actions. Need to see what’s coming up next? Just ask “when is my next meeting?” and Q Actions will return a card with all the important event information. Need to quickly schedule something on your calendar? Say “create a new event” and after a few questions, your event is booked. On the go and need to join a video conferencing meeting? Simply say “join my next meeting”and Q Actions will take you directly to your meeting in Google Meet. All you have to do from there is confirm your camera/audio settings and join!
“when is my next meeting?”
“create a new event”
“join my next meeting”
Simply do more with voice! Q Actions is now available on the App Store.
We all remember playing playing the game Monopoly as kids right? Well I recently stumbled upon a version of the game that uses voice commands to control the game flow and act as the “bank” – a role most of us avoided so we wouldn’t have to deal with all the annoying transactions such as selling properties and buildings, collecting taxes, exchanging currency, and paying out people as they passed “GO”. Admittedly, it’s a novel use for voice commands in a classic game. But what about using voice to manage apps controlling our real money?
Voice to power more than games
Back in June of last year, we wrote a blog post that talked about the power of voice to perform activities in mobile banking apps. The post specifically referenced Bank of America’s Erica virtual voice assistant as a tool to help users accomplish common, often time-consuming banking activities without the need to memorize complex menus or worse, speak to the dreaded online customer service representative. The net result of this; a simple, pleasant, user experience that builds brand loyalty and customer retention.
Enter Aiqudo Voice to Action®
Well, that got me thinking. I’ve been an E*Trade banking customer for years and all this time I’ve never really used voice to make payments, transfer money or check balances.
Nonetheless, I decided to see if I could recreate and hopefully improve upon my previous experience – this time using our very own Q Actions app. The following video highlights some of my efforts.
But can I trust this new way of banking?
Yes. You may have noticed in the video that I am not providing credentials to access my account in E*Trade. That’s because I’m already authenticated. Previous to shooting the video, I had provided credentials, by way of fingerprint biometric, as part of the very first action execution. Note that Aiqudo did not manage this process; it was handled completely by the mobile app. And because of this, the data used to hold the credential, lives entirely in the app itself and is neither passed to nor processed by Aiqudo systems at all. This separation of duties maintains privacy of user data and hence increases trust in using the technology.
A personalized experience
Personalization is a word typically used to describe how an app or other system function adjusts to provide an experience tailored specifically to a user. It’s often used in conjunction with AI and machine learning systems as the end result of acquiring, processing and suggesting courses of action or data upon which to act. We enable personalization in the previous actions a couple of ways. If you have, say, more than one voice-enabled banking app on your mobile device (similar to what I have), our system can be configured to remember the user’s preferred app action. For instance, if I were to say the command “check my balances” Aiqudo suggests actions from both E*Trade AND Wells Fargo. If I choose the E*Trade action, the next time I say the command it will remember E*Trade and perform the action right away – no need to ask again. Likewise, whenever the action requires the user to provide input such as account number or payee, the system can store these away for subsequent use. These are simple examples but add a nice touch to an already-useful integration.
What if I don’t bank with E*Trade? What can I do with other apps and is it safe?
Aiqudo maintains similar actions for apps like Venmo and Paypal that allow “send money to <username>” type actions. In each of these cases, Aiqudo defers authentication to the app before completing the transaction and also ensures that the data used by the action in the app, e.g., the payee’s phone number or email address never leaves the device or the app. The following video illustrates this.
With the proper integration of our ActionKit SDK into a banking app such as E*Trade, the end user reaps the benefits of a trusted, highly- useful voice-powered interface that enables complex and often multi-step operations with ease and reduces Time to Action® for many activities within the app.
The recent release of Q Actions 2.4 emphasizes Aiqudo’s focus on productivity and utility through voice. As voice assistants are becoming an increasingly ubiquitous part of our daily lives, Aiqudo aims to empower users to get things done. Many of the improvements and enhancements are “under the hood” – we’ve increased personalization and expanded the knowledge that drives our Actions.
Our content-rich Q Cards leverage Actionable Knowledge to extend functionality into popular 3rd party apps. Start by asking about an artist, music group, sports athlete, or celebrity: “who is Tom Hanks”. Aiqudo’s Q Card not only presents information about the actor, but will ask “what next?”. You say “view his Twitter account”or “go to his Instagram”, Actionable Knowledge will drop you exactly where you want to go!
Sample Actionable Knowledge Flow:
Ask “who is Taylor Swift?”
Select one of the supported Actionable Knowledge apps
“listen to her on Spotify”
“go to her Facebook profile”
“check out her Instagram”
Personalization … with privacy
Q Actions is already personalized, showing you Action choices based on the apps you already trust. We can now leverage personal data as signals to personalize your experience, while still protecting your privacy. It’s another iteration of our continued focus and dedication to increase productivity and augment utility using voice. For example, if you checked in to your United Airlines flight, and then, the following day, say “show my boarding pass”, the United Airlines action is promoted to the top – exactly what you’d expect the system to do for you.
Our new Personal Data Manager allows secure optimization for specific apps. If you have a Spotify playlist called “Beach Vibes”, and you say “play Beach Vibes”, we understand what you want and we will promote your personal playlist over a random public channel by that name. Your playlists are not shipped off the device to our servers, but we can still use the relevant information to short-cut your day! If “Casimo Caputo” is a friend in Facebook Messenger, Messenger will trump WhatsApp for “tell Casimo Caputo let’s meet for lunch”. But “message Mark Smith let’s play Fifa tonight”brings up WhatsApp since Mark Smith is your WhatsApp buddy.
Simply do more with voice! Q Actions is now available on Google Play.
Will develop solutions that simplify the process of integrating voice assistants into a variety of devices
BUSINESSWIRE, LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2020
Aiqudo, a leading voice technology pioneer, today announced that it is collaborating with embedded voice and vision AI leader Sensory to bring to market comprehensive voice solutions that serve as white-label alternatives for voice services and assistants. The two companies are working on solutions targeting automotive, mobile app, smart home and wearable device applications.
Currently, companies and brands must piece together different technologies to fully implement a voice solution. With their technologies combined, Aiqudo and Sensory will deliver a fully integrated end-to-end solution that combines Sensory’s wake word, voice biometrics and natural language recognition technologies with Aiqudo’s multilingual intent understanding and action execution (Q Actions®) to provide the complete Voice to Action® experience consumers expect.
“Voice adoption continues to grow rapidly, and brands are always exploring ways to streamline the process of integrating a convenient voice UX into their products,” said Todd Mozer, Sensory’s CEO. “Working with Aiqudo allows our two companies to provide the industry a turn-key solution for integrating powerful voice assistants into their products that feature brand-specific wake words and are capable of recognizing who is speaking.”
“Users just need to enter the cabin with their smartphones. There’s no registration required, and the personalized wake word and voice biometrics allow users to instantly access their personal apps seamlessly and securely”.
With both Aiqudo and Sensory positioned as leaders in their respective fields, this collaboration is a natural fit as their technologies are highly complementary. The initial integration is focused on the automotive vertical that will be showcased at 2020 Consumer Electronics Show.
Aiqudo’s Auto Mode highlights a highly personalized user experience in the car using the Q Actions® platform. Enhanced with Sensory’s wake word (TrulyHandsfree™) and voice ID (TrulySecure™) functionality, multiple users seamlessly access their personal mobile devices just by using their voice to execute personal actions. “Users just need to enter the cabin with their smartphones,” said Rajat Mukherjee, Aiqudo CTO. “There’s no registration required, and the personalized wake word and voice biometrics allow users to instantly access their personal apps seamlessly and securely”.
“Brands increasingly want to create their own branded voice experiences for their customers,” said John Foster, CEO of Aiqudo. “Working with Sensory, we have created the easiest and fastest way for brands to bring the power and convenience of voice to their customers. We are excited to integrate our areas of practice and expertise to deliver a comprehensive solution.”
To view the demo onsite while at CES, please email Aiqudo at CES@aiqudo.com.
For over 25 years, Sensory has pioneered and developed groundbreaking applications for machine learning and embedded AI – turning those applications into household technologies. Pioneering the concept of always-listening speech recognition more than a decade ago, Sensory’s flexible wake word, small to large vocabulary speech recognition, and natural language understanding technologies are fueling today’s voice revolution. Additionally, its biometric recognition technologies are making everything from unlocking a device to authenticating users for digital transactions faster, safer and more convenient. Sensory’s technologies are widely deployed in numerous markets, including automotive, home appliances, home entertainment, IoT, mobile phones, wearables and more, and have shipped in over two billion units of leading consumer products and software applications.
For more information about this announcement, Sensory or its technologies, visit https://www.sensory.com/, contact email@example.com or for press inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aiqudo (pronounced: “eye-cue-doe”) is a Voice AI pioneer that connects the nascent world of voice interfaces to the useful, mature world of mobile apps and cloud services through its Voice to Action® platform. It lets people use natural voice commands to execute actions in mobile apps and cloud services across devices. Aiqudo’s SaaS platform uses machine learning (AI) to understand natural-language voice commands and then triggers instant actions via mobile apps, cloud services, or device actions, enabling consumers to get things done quickly and easily.
Aiqudo’s proprietary technology is covered by more than 30 granted patents and patent applications. Aiqudo’s technology is delivered in a scalable approach to creating voice-enabled actions without mandating APIs or developer dependencies.
Peter Mortensen, Solution Architect, BYTON, Santa Clara, California
BYTON is the automotive EV brand taking the lead in next generation infotainment experiences with a vision of giving vehicle occupants the best combination of safety and entertainment while on the road. The first BYTON is the M-BYTE SUV incorporating a groundbreaking infotainment system with an advanced Android Automotive app platform combined with BYTON’s unique user interface including the industry’s largest display and user control via touch, gesture and voice.
One of the key challenges when expanding the infotainment capabilities in a vehicle is to avoid unsafe distractions for the driver. By extensive support of voice control, the driver in a BYTON has safer operation of the vehicle allowing more visual focus on the driving itself. Another challenge is how well a vehicle’s infotainment system provides the frequently used features of popular apps and online services common on theoccupants’ smartphones.
Aiqudo’s Voice to Action® platform enables occupants of a BYTON vehicle a simple and seamless link between natural language voice interaction and their favorite personal apps. With this solution, the occupants of a BYTON can speak naturally to their favorite apps using the vehicle’s powerful microphone array system from any seat in the cabin. The apps can either be residing in the vehicle’s own infotainment system or on the Bluetooth-connected Android or iOS smartphones of the occupants. The Aiqudo solution interprets the spoken commands and automatically identifies which specific app to control. For example, this means the driver can easily send a message using voice through his favorite social networking app installed on his smartphone, hands-free, without picking up the device, thusstaying focused on safely driving the vehicle.
BYTON is committed to intelligently combine the best of voice control with the safe use of touch control, gesture control and display feedback. The Voice to Action® platform expands beyond voice interaction by allowing BYTON’s engineering to touch-enable relevant app controls and provide display feedback when relevant. Furthermore, BYTON’s voice interaction concept aims high by creating a truly intuitive voice interaction experience through integration of Aiqudo’s app control with vehicle control and online digital voice assistant services using Amazon’s Alexa and other digital voice assistant services, depending on country.
The following transcript was taken from a casual conversation with my son.
Son: Dad, what are you working on?
Me: It’s a new feature in our product called “Auto Mode”. We just released it in version 2.1 of our Q Actions App for Android. We even made a video of it. We can watch it after dinner if you’re interested.
Son: The feature sounds cool. What’s it look like?
Me: Well, here. We have this special setting that switches our software to look like the screen in a car. See how the screen is wider than it is tall? Yeah, that’s because most car screens are like that too.
Son: Wait. How do you get your software into cars? Can’t you just stick the tablet on the dashboard?
Me: Humm, not quite. We develop the software so that car makers can combine it with their own software inside the car’s console. We’ll even make it look like they developed it by using their own colors and buttons. I’m showing you how this works on a tablet because it’s easier to demonstrate to other people – we just tell them to pretend it’s the car console. Until cars put our software into their consoles, we’ll make it easy for users to use “Auto Mode” directly on their phones. Just mount the phone on the car’s dash and say “turn on auto mode” – done!
Son: So how do you use it? And what does that blue button with a microphone in it do?
Me: Well, we want anyone in the car to be able to say a command like “navigate to Great America” or “what’s the weather like in San Jose?”or “who are Twenty One-Pilots?”. The button is simply a way to tell the car to listen. When we hear a command, our software figures out what to do and what to show on the console in the car. Sometimes it even speaks back the answer. Now we don’t always want people to have to press the button on the screen so we’ll work with the car makers to add a button on the steering wheel or even a microphone that is always listening for a special phrase such as “Ok, Q” to start.
Son: How does it do that? I mean, the command part.
Me: Good question. Since you’re smart and know a little about software, I’ll keep it short. Our software takes a command and tries to figure out what app or service can best provide the answer. For example, if the command is about showing the route to say, an amusement park like Great America, we’ll ask Google Maps to handle it, which it does really well. Lots of cars come installed with mapping software like Google Maps so it’s best to let them handle those. For other types of commands that ask for information, like “what’s the weather like in San Jose” or “who are Twenty One Pilots”, we’ll send it off to servers in the cloud. They then send us back answers and we format it and display it on the screen – in a pretty looking card like this one.
Me: Sometimes, apps running on our phones can best answer these commands and we use them to handle it.
Son: Wait. Phones? How are phones involved? I only see you using a tablet.
Me: Ahhh. You’ve discovered our coolest feature. We use Apps already installed on your phone. Do you see those rectangle-looking things in the upper right corner of the tablet? The ones with the pictures and names of people? Well, those are phone profiles. They appear when a person connects their phone, running our Q Actions app, to the car’s console through Bluetooth, sort of like you do with wireless earbuds. When connected, our software in the console sends the phone your commands and the phone in turn attempts to execute the command using one of the installed apps. Let me explain with an example. Let’s pretend you track your daily homework assignments using the Google Tasks app on your phone. Now you hop into the car and your phone automatically pairs with the console. Now I asked you to show me your homework assignments. You then press the mic button and say “show my homework tasks”. The software in the console would intelligently route the command to your phone (because Google Tasks is not on the console), open Google Tasks on your phone, grab all your homework assignments and send them back to the console to be displayed in a nice card. Oh, and it would also speak back your homework assignments as well. Let’s see what happens when I tell it to view my tasks.
Son: Big deal. I can just pick up my phone and do that. Why do I need to use voice for that?
Me: Because if you’re the driver, you don’t want to be fumbling around with your phone, possibly getting into an accident! Remember, this is supposed to help drivers with safe, “hands-free” operation. You put your phone in a safe place and our software figures out how to use it to get the answers.
Son:Why can’t the car makers put all these apps in the console so you don’t have to use your phone?
Me: Great question. Most people carry their phones on them at all times, especially when they drive. And these phones have all their favorite apps with all their important personal information stored in them. There’s no way the car makers could figure out which apps to include when you buy the car. And even if you could download these apps onto the console, all your personal information that’s on your phone would have to transferred over to the console, app by app. Clumsy if you ask me. I prefer to keep my information on my phone and private, thank you very much!
Son: Oh. Now I get it. So what else does the software do?
Me:The console can call a family member. If you say “call Dad”, the software looks for ‘dad’ in your phone’s address book and dials the number associated with it. But wait. You’re probably thinking ‘What’s so special about that? All the cool cars do it”. Well, we know that a bunch of apps can make phone calls so we show you which ones and let you decide. Also, If you have two numbers for ‘dad’, say a home and mobile number, the software will ask you to choose one to call. Let’s see how this works when I say “call Dad”.
Me: It asks you to pick an app. I say ‘phone’ and then it asks me to pick a number since my dad has both a home and mobile number. I say ‘mobile’ and it dials the number through my phone.
Son: Cool. But what if I have two people with the same name, like Julie?
Me: It will ask you to pick a ‘Julie’ when it finds more than one. And it will remember that choice next time you ask it to call Julie. See what happens when I want to call Jason. It shows me all the people in my address book who are named Jason along with their phone numbers. If a person has more than one number it will say ‘Multiple’
Son: Wow. What else?
Me: How about sending a message on WhatsApp? Or setting up a team meeting in the calendar. Or joining a meeting from the car if you are running late. Or even checking which one of your friends have birthdays today. All these actions are performed on your phone using the apps you are familiar with and use.
Son: Which app shows you your friends birthdays? That’s kind of neat.
Son: I don’t use Facebook. I use Instagram. It’s way better. Plus all the cool kids use it now.
Me: You get the picture though, right?
Son: So what if all of my friends are in the car with you and we connect to the console? How does the software know where to send the command?
Me: We use the person’s voice to identify who they are and route the command to the right person’s phone automatically.
Son: Really? That seems way too hard.
Me: Not really. Although we haven’t implemented it yet, the technology exists to do this sort of thing today.
Son: Going back to main screen, why does the list of actions under ‘Recent’ and ‘Favorites’ change when you change people?
Me:Oh, you noticed that! Whenever the software switches to a new profile, we grab the ‘Recent’ and ‘Favorites’ sections from that person’s phone and display it in the tablet, er, console. This is our way of making the experience more personalized or familiar to the way the app appears on your phone. In fact, the ‘Favorites’ are like handy shortcuts for frequently used actions, like “call Mom”.
Me: One more thing. Remember the other buttons on the home screen? One looked like a music note, the other a picture for messaging and so on. Well, when you press those, a series of icons appear across the screen, each showing an action that belongs to that group. If your phone had Spotify installed, we would show you a few Spotify actions. If Pandora was installed, we would show you Pandora actions and so on. Check out what happens when I activate my profile. Notice how Pandora appears? That’s because Pandora is on my phone and not on the tablet like Google Play Music and YouTube Music.
Me: Same is true for messaging and calling. Actions from apps installed on your phone would appear. You would simply tap on the icon to run the action. In fact, if you look carefully, you’ll notice that all the actions that show up on the console are also in the ‘My Actions’ screen in the Q Actions app on your Android Phone. Check out what’s on the tablet vs. my phone.
Me: Oh and before I forget, there’s one last item I’d like to tell you about.
Son: What’s that.
Me: Notifications. If you send me a message on WhatsApp, Messenger or WeChat, a screen will popup letting me know I have a message from you. I can listen to the message by pressing a button or respond to the message – by voice, of course, all while keeping my focus on the road. You’ll get the response just as if I had sent it while holding the phone.
Son: Cool. I’ll have fun sending you messages on your way home from work.
Son: Hey, can I try this out on my phone?
Me: Sure. Just download our latest app from the Google Play Store. After you get it installed, goto the Preferences section under Settings and check the box that says ‘Auto Mode’ (BETA). You’ll automatically be switched into Auto Mode on your phone. Now this becomes your console in the car.
Of course, things appear a bit smaller than on your phone than what I’ve shown you on the tablet. Oh, and since you’re not connected to another phone, all the commands you give it will be performed by apps on your phone. Try it out and let me know what you think.
Son: Ok. I’ll play around with it this week.
Me: Great. Now let’s go see what your mom’s made us for dinner.
Q Actions 2.0 is here. With this release, we wanted to focus on empowering users throughout their day. As voice is playing a more prevalent part in our everyday lives, we’re uncovering more use cases where Q Actions can be of help. In Q Actions 2.0, you’ll find new features and enhancements that are more conversational and useful.
Aiqudo believes the interaction with a voice assistant should be casual, intuitive, and conversational. Q Actions understands naturally spoken commands and is aware of the apps installed on your phone, so it will only return personalized actions that are relevant to you. When a bit more information is required from you to complete a task, Q Actions will guide the conversation until it fully understands what you want to do. Casually chat with Q Actions and get things done.
“create new event” (Google Calendar)
“message Mario” (WhatsApp, Messenger, SMS)
“watch a movie/tv show” (Netflix, Hulu)
“play some music” (Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music, Deezer)
In addition to providing relevant app actions from personal apps that are installed on your phone, Q Actions will now display rich information through Q Cards™. Get up-to-date information from cloud services on many topics: flight status, stock pricing, restaurant info, and more. In addition to presenting the information in a simple and easy-to-read card, Q Cards™ support Talkback and will read aloud relevant information.
“What’s the flight status of United 875?”
“What’s the current price of AAPL?”
“Find Japanese food”
There are times when you need information but do not have the luxury of looking at a screen. Voice Talkback™ is a feature that reads aloud the critical snippets of information from an action. This enables you to continue to be productive, without the distraction of looking at a screen. Execute your actions safely and hands-free.
“What’s the stock price of Tesla?” (E*Trade)
Q: “Tesla is currently trading at $274.96”
“Whose birthday is it today?” (Facebook)
Q: “Nelson Wynn and J Boss are celebrating birthdays today”
“Where is the nearest gas station?”
Q: “Nearest gas at Shell on 2029 S Bascom Ave and 370 E Campbell Ave, 0.2 miles away, for $4.35”
An enhancement to our existing curated Actions Recipes, users can now create Action Recipes on the fly using Compound Command. Simply join two of your favorite actions using “and” into a single command. This allows the users the capability to create millions of Action Recipe combinations from our database of 4000+ actions.
“Play Migos on Spotify and set volume to max”
“Play NPR and navigate to work”
“Tell Monica I’m boarding the plane nowand view my boarding pass”
Simply do more with voice! Q Actions is now available on Google Play.