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Google Casts A Spell On Millennials With Harry Potter Voice Controls For Android


For those of you who grew up with Harry Potter, your childhood dream of being a witch or wizard just got a lot closer. We may not live in J.K. Rowling’s magical universe, but technology from Google GOOGL -1.10% is bringing us the next best thing–the ability to cast spells using an Android phone.

Three new Harry Potter spells are now available on Android: Lumos, Nox and Silencio. Say, “Okay Google, Lumos” to light up your phone’s flashlight. Then “Okay Google, Nox” to turn it off when you’re done. And “Okay Google, Silencio” turns off your phone’s volume.

Google announced the new feature on its blog on Tuesday morning. While Daydream View ($79) and its Harry Potter-themed game Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them aren’t available until November, Google’s new spells feature is clearly hyping the game and aimed at getting users excited about exploring the Harry Potter world with Google’s hardware.

Google also announced four new sites in Google Street View that let you explore the fictional world of Fantastic Beasts, which is set in New York in 1926. It’s a pretty cool sneak peek into the game before it makes its way into the hands of consumers.



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