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What is the difference in Voice Commands and Voice Search? Are they both by Google?

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Voice Search is the name of the voice interaction app created by Google. It allows you to search your phone and the web using your voice.

Voice Actions is a specific feature of the Voice Search app that allows you to perform actions on your phone using your voice (such as calling someone, launching your music player, getting directions, etc). Voice Search supports a variety of locales but the Voice Actions component is only available for a subset of those (originally US English only, though I believe it has since expanded).

If you have a separate app named "Voice Commands" then it is most likely developed by a third-party. I know some Verizon phones, for instance, ship with an app named "Voice Commands" and bottom of the app displays Nuance Communications copyright 2003-2011.

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In my list of app I have both Voice Search and Voice Commands. Are you saying the Voice Command app is really just a frontend tie-in to voice actions? – Homer May 11 '12 at 20:27
@Homer: Sorry, I think I made my answer more confusing that I intended. If you have a separate app named "Voice Commands" it's probably made by a third party. Google only has Voice Search (with Voice Actions) as far as I know. – eldarerathis May 11 '12 at 21:01
And to add to the confusion there's also a "voice dialer" that's part of aosp. – Richard Borcsik May 11 '12 at 21:28

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