When Google Voice commands first appeared it was only available in Navigation. When Android updated to Eclair 2.1 we say the function get a little more intuitive. The Voice function was available for search, texting and navigation with Eclair.
With Froyo or Android 2.2 Google has added the ability to use the function in more way. previous versions users had to open the text app and then press the microphone button before speaking. In the new version called Voice Actions users simple open Speak Now and start speaking and telling the phone a function and text to include.
Speak any of these commands to perform a Voice Action on your phone:
* send text to [contact] [message]
* listen to [artist/song/album]
* call [business]
* call [contact]
* send email to [contact] [message]
* go to [website]
* note to self [note]
* navigate to [location/business name]
* directions to [location/business name]
* map of [location]
The function seems to work better for some users than others. Around here we have thick Boston Accents and voice function worked about %50 of the time. With the update and re name to Voice Actions we are guessing it works about %70 of the time. Being the function understands most of what is said, but cant understand a silent "R".
Try some of these commands on your phone:
# Send text messages
Say "send text to [recipient] [message]*"
e.g. "send text to Allison Miller Running late. I will be home around 9"
# Listen to music
Say "listen to [artist/song/album]"
e.g. "listen to the decemberists"
# Get directions
Say "navigate to [address/city/business name]"
e.g. "navigate to the DeYoung Museum San Francisco" or "navigate to 1965 Page St."
# Call businesses
Say "call [business name] [location]*"
e.g. "call Pizza Hut Boston"
# Call contacts
Say "call [contact name] [phone type]*"
e.g. "call Joe Flynn home"
# Send email
Say "send email to [recipient] [subject]* [body]*"
e.g. "send email to Shaq, How's life in New York treating you? The weather's beautiful here!"
# View a map
Say "map of [address/city]"
e.g. "map of New York"
# Go to websites
Say "go to [website]
e.g. "go to Wikipedia"
# Write a note
Say "note to self [message]"
e.g. "note to self grocery list beer froyo banana milk eggs pizza"
# Search Google
Say "[your query]"
e.g. "pictures of the Cape Cod Canal at sunrise"
Both Voice Actions and the new Google search widget require Android 2.2 (Froyo), and will be pre-installed with the new Droid 2 phone from Motorola and Verizon. Voice Actions are currently available for U.S. English speakers.
If you have another phone with Android 2.2 (like the Nexus One, HTC Evo or the original Droid), you’ll need to download several app updates from Android Market to get all the latest goodness:
* Voice Search (this app includes Voice Actions)
* Google Search widget
* music apps (e.g. Pandora, Last.fm, Rdio, mSpot)
To get started fast, scan the QR codes for these apps below.