While this Android feature has gathered a bit of dust on it, we’re surprised to hear that a lot of people aren’t using this! Today, we’ll be discussing the wonders of Google Voice Search.
It’s been around a while
Specifically, it’s been here for around 15 years. It was first launched in 2002 and has quite a bit of tweaks done to it. Not that there was anything wrong, it was just that features and applications evolved. So it only made sense that the feature be updated to match everything else. Back then, it was called Voice Action. But has since just been referred to as “OK, Google”.
This is because in order to start the search, you say “OK, Google” out loud. It’s a really handy feature that not a lot of people (particularly the elder set) seem to use simply because they don’t realize that it is there for use.
How is it used?
On your Android mobile phone, you’ll more than likely have the Google search bar on it. If you look toward the right side end of the bar, you may notice an icon or image that appears to look like a microphone. If you select it, you can do a search by saying your question or statement out loud.
For example, you can say “how do I open an Avocado” and Google with process the information and provide you with search results. It’s as easy as that. Setting it up for future searches is quite simple as well. The program itself will ask you to repeat that phrase “OK, Google” three times. This will record your voice, your tone, and inflection. There will also be the option to allow the hands free search to operate even when your phone is idle. You just say the phrase and your phone will activate.
What other things can it do?
You can use it to open other applications
This is something that’s truly useful for us forgetful folk. You can start up the search and say “Open [App name]”. For example, “Open Viber”. This will automatically start up the application for your use.
You can use it to make calls or type out messages
One of the best things about this particular program is that it is fully integrated into your mobile device. You can make use of this program to call people in your contact list. You can even make use of this to type out text messages for you. It may even set up reminders for you.
A common mistake that most users make is speaking fast. What we all need to remember that no matter what we see in the movies, our gadgets still need to process the request or command. You’re not doing yourself any favors by speaking fast.
While this program now hosts a large variety of dialects and languages, it is still important to enunciate appropriately. This will help the program pick up on the usual inflections that come with a language in order to meet your needs adequately.
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