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B1 Free Archiver: the future of voice commands

March 31, 2014

Following the uprising popularity of Google Glass and Android Wear, B1 Free Archiver decided to become the first Android app to leave behind the graphic interface, limiting its users only to voice control over the functions of Archiver and File Manager.
 
The decision has already caused a surge of user confusion on the Net. Why would somebody decide to take away the graphic interface from an Android app and force only voice control possibilities?
 
“The decision was difficult to make, but it was a necessary one,” explains Adam Buyer. “You may have not noticed it, but voice commands is a current trend – the next step in evolution of Android OS. Soon, we’ll all move to wearable devices that’ll have no displays. And B1 Archiver is the first one to give you a possibility to glimpse into the future.”
 
Despite such revolutionary plans, B1 Free Archiver and B1 File Manager will make the transition from GUI to voice-only interaction principle as smooth as possible. In the latest release of the above mentioned apps, a voice control option was added leaving the traditional graphical interface intact. So the users can practice giving voice commands while actually seeing the result.
 
According to B1 developers’ plans, in future (GUI-less) versions, users will have only to launch B1 app and then give a voice command. But in the current version in order to give a voice command, a user needs to pronounce a certain phrase to launch the voice command option. It works similar to Google Now, but instead of “OK Google” you need to say “Oh B1” followed by the description of what you want to do.
 
One can practice using B1’s voice commands following the following phrase structure:
 
Oh B1, unpack Photos.zip” or “Oh B1, move What a wonderful world.mp3 to “Music” folder”.
 
The developers claim that it’ll take some time to get used to voice commands, but soon “you’ll wonder how you could ever use the graphical interface at all”.