Google has expanded Voice Actions for Android to support British English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.

The service, which was first unveiled last year, allows users to speak a series of commands to control an Android handset or tablet PC such as being able to call contacts, send texts and even listening to music or browse the web.

"Today, we're pleased to announce that users in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain can now use Voice Actions in," Google said in a blog.

Voice Actions is part of Google's Voice Search, which can be downloaded for free from the Android Market for phones and tablets running Android 2.2 or higher. Once the app has been installed, users simply open the app to display the 'Speak now' screen., Then simply speak the command such as 'Call' followed by the name of the person you want to speak to. A full list of commands can be found on Google's blog.

"We think Voice Actions helps you get things done on your phone faster and easier."