Posts tagged with: OK Google
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    So, you're travelling to somewhere you don't know. Easy to figure out the point A to point B of things — just set Google Maps to navigation mode, clip your device to the dashboard or vent (really, we do suggest getting a clip device) and have that Google voice tell you where to turn. But if you need to grab a pit stop or some flowers along the way, you now have the ability to yell "OK Google" over the struggling rumbles of your transmissions and you can tell your phone to "find gas stations," or "restaurants" or whatever you need. You can also ask about when to take turns, how to avoid ...

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    We love finding cool stuff on the internet. Voice assistants have a small (and growing) problem. They're collectively capable of some pretty in-depth phone controls, but the way we interact with them still isn't quite as sophisticated as talking to a computer in Star Trek. If you don't format your command in the right way, you might end up with a plain-Jane web search instead of the action you wanted. We get regular updates from developers, adding additional commands, but often the documentation is lacking when trying to find a comprehensive list. This led web developer Kristijan Ristovski ...

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    Talking to my phone is probably one of my favorite things to do with it. Asking my phone's voice assistant to perform tasks such as giving me the weather, texting my wife, or looking up information is pretty cool, and so much more convenient than doing it “the old fashioned way.” What I mean is, launching an app from the app drawer, or typing I-L-L-B-E-H-O-M-E-I-N-2-0-M-I-N-U-T-E-S. People do crazy stuff on phones these days, and talking makes everything so much easier. So why don’t more people talk to their phones? I’ve asked that question and decided to delve. Childlike wonder ...

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    This is the place where you and only you can listen to every single request you made. Well, supposedly. And if supposedly is what you're worried about, read on to find out how to protect yourself. Each utterance of "OK Google," every tap of that red mic icon, your phone records a clip of you saying whatever you're saying (savory or not). It then sends it off to Google's servers to process your command and deliver your results (desired or not). It also keeps that clip in your Google Voice & Audio Activity log. Of course, Google would like to keep these seconds-long files around to hone ...

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    Google has been hard at work in extending the services that Google Now and Google Search can handle. Just a few days ago we saw how Google Now cards are being updated to support up to 70 different apps in order to provide users with timely suggestions when Google assumes it useful to you. The project doesn't end there though, and today we find another piece of the puzzle being updated. Google has silently updated its Android Developers Google+ page with the news that the "Ok Google" command will now support third party apps as well. You can say things like "Ok Google, listen to NPR," and ...

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    The Nexus 9 has its fair share of quirks, as we noted and expounded upon in our full review, but it doesn't stop there. Many users of Google's stock Android tablet have begun reporting issues with the "OK Google" voice recognition features, and their failure to operate under certain circumstances. Is this Nexus 9 OK Google bug serious? Let's examine it. To be clear, not everyone's unit is facing the issue, but here's the gist of it. OK Google functionality works as you'd expect it to on the home screen, but despite toggling any number of settings from "on" to "off" and back again, the ...

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    Update: Edited podcast with download links has been added below the YouTube embed, courtesy of our excellent podcast editor, Jules Wang! Get to downloadin', folks! The big guys have enough time in the limelight. It seems every week we're spending 80% of the podcast talking about the huge players in the mobile space, along with their commensurately huge smartphone and tablet offerings. While we're not ignoring those established forces in this episode, we are devoting a bit more time to newcomers: from Amazon to OnePlus to a little firm called GoTenna, there's a lot going on in mobile's ...

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    "OK Google" is a pretty neat tool. It lets you search for virtually anything -- as long as you're on your homescreen. A recent update to Google Search unlocked that limitation and allowed users to enable OK Google everywhere, even on the lock screen! The update requires Android 4.3+ (or 4.4+, depending on who you ask), it also needs the latest version of the Google Search app and the latest update to Play Services. Head out to the Play Store and make sure you've got all the latest updates installed before you continue. Next, from your homescreen, simply say "OK Google" to bring up the ...

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    One of the coolest features we find in Google Now is the ability to activate a voice search by simply using the hot word "Ok Google". Those of you lucky enough to be using the Google Now launcher have an even better experience, since this works from any area in the Home Screen, and those of you using a Moto X make us all envious. Up to just a couple of hours ago, this feature was only exclusive to those using your device in English US and UK modes, though we did know that Google was working on expanding this feature to other languages. Google is currently rolling out a software update to ...

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    Most of you already know that I began my digital life as a Newton guy. To this day my MessagePad 2000U could do things that even the latest smartphones running the most customized ROM still can't do. When it was later rolled back into Apple then killed off, I switched to Pocket PC. It was hobbled together and didn't come close to how well integrated Newton was. Not until Voice Command came along. Instead of a feature, MS Voice Command was a purchased app that you could install on your PDA. This had advantages and disadvantages, but brought with it a whole new way of interacting with your ...

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