Android: One thing that the iPhone 3GS and up inarguably has over Android is voice-activated search of your music library. Almost Hands Free brings this feature to Android, so you can avoid endless scrolling through your music library.
Almost Hands Free uses Android’s built in speech to text engine to search your music library, something strangely missing from most versions of Android. From the app’s home screen, you can choose to search either artists or songs. It will prompt you to say the name of what you’re looking for, and then present you with a list of possible results (though it’s usually pretty darn accurate, so you’ll probably only have one or two choices). The newest version can even learn some of your speech habits: if you say something that it doesn’t understand, you can assign that to a specific song or artist so it will understand you better next time.
Note that the app is still in its early stages, and there are a lot of things we’d like to see come to it. Album search is oddly missing, and having to manually pick the correct artist and subsequent song from the list still requires using the phone (and taking your eyes off the wheel if you’re driving), which isn’t ideal. In addition, while it also features voice-activated contact search, it will continue playing your music after you end a call – which is awesome, except it doesn’t actually return to the media player screen, so there’s no way to stop the music without re-searching for a song, selecting it, and hitting the pause button. All in all, though, it’s a great start to a feature that we haven’t seen in any other app thus far, and is sure to make playing music in your car quite a bit easier.
Almost Hands Free is a 99 US cent download for Android devices.
Republished from Lifehacker.