Google now allows custom app voice actions, starting with Shazam

Google’s searching capabilities have extended well beyond finding the right website. Between the Knowledge Graph and Google Now, Google provides more functionality than any other search engine. Today, Google is opening it up even more on its Android app, allowing app developers to place custom voice actions to perform an action with an app.

Shazam is the first to implement this functionality, allowing you to find out what a song is by saying “OK Google, Shazam this song”. If you have the app installed, it will open and identify the song for you.

A post was made on the Google Developers and Android Developers Google+ pages about this, saying to go to this web page to see about implementing a custom voice action for your app.

This certainly opens up a lot of new possibilities, and will only make accessing information that much easier. It’s also encouraging to see Android pushing developers to allow users to get more out of their apps.