Google is taking a step forward with its plans to improve privacy in its services.
The search giant said Wednesday it will launch an Android-based voice-control application called Google Now, which will provide a voice-recognition interface that will allow users to interact with apps and services without requiring a microphone.
The application will initially be available in the Google Play store, Google’s app store, for Android smartphones.
Google Now will have “similar functionality” to Google’s existing Google Now service, Google said in a blog post.
Google will also add voice recognition to Google+ Hangouts, which already has Google Now integration.
Google’s privacy policies have been the subject of intense criticism by privacy advocates and others who say Google’s data collection practices are a threat to people’s privacy.
The privacy policies are being amended as part of the company’s efforts to address the concerns raised by privacy groups.
Google previously announced it was rolling out a new feature to allow people to set privacy controls, called “privacy preferences.”
The company also said it would expand its Android Voice service to allow users with voice recognition technology to use their voice in other apps, such as Google Play Music and Google Now.
Google Play Voice also allows users to set the permissions for the Google search bar.