Tech Tuesday: Command your Android Using Google Voice


 

I have a tiny Android smartphone, a Samsung Exhibit 4G.  The screen is about 3 inches and sometimes using the little onscreen keyboard is irritating.

Something I had forgotten about was using the Android Google Voice Commands! When I first got the phone, I was talking to the phone to send emails, texts, notes to self, searching and so on.  Although, the voice recognition software was sometimes off.

After a year or two, Google has had time to perfect the software and increase the voice recognition. According to Gizmodo, you can talk to google to get navigation, directions, map response, send an email, a note to self as I said above, get a forecast by simply asking google search! You can search for the closest gas station, play a song.

How-to-Geek.com found several more helpful google voice commands. You can also use voice to open an app, such as mail, set an alarm (set alarm for 30 minutes from now), for example. You can create a calendar event, make a phone call using voice command, but I’m hearing impaired so I don’t know how effective this one is.

Out shopping?  Ask google voice to scan a barcode!  I had no idea google could do this.  I’ve opened the barcode scanner and scanned.  I’ll have to try this sometime. In addition to listening to a song, google voice can now identify a song. Long gone are those frustrating days of “what is that song?”

I’m sure more are to come!

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