Google says its voice-recognition system will be removed from Android devices
Google has promised to remove the voice-search feature from Android phones, as the search giant looks to move on from the controversy surrounding its Android fingerprint scanners.
“Google will be removing voice-input functionality from the Android operating system and all future versions of Android from September 30,” Google wrote in a blog post.
“Google has been a leader in enabling voice-to-text capabilities in Android phones and tablets for some time.
Now, with Android 7.0, we are removing voice input functionality from all Android devices and devices that ship with Android devices that include Android 7.”
Voice input is a key feature of Android, and the feature was the main focus of the recent controversy surrounding Google’s Android fingerprint scanner.
Google has repeatedly said that the fingerprint scanner is the only part of Android that relies on voice input to work.
But the issue has also been raised with the US Federal Trade Commission, which filed a complaint against Google over the matter.
Google is now promising to remove voice input from Android and other Android devices by September 30, but not in the US.
The company said it is “working hard to bring voice search back to Android”.
The FTC claims that Google “has engaged in unfair business practices and violated the FTC Act”.