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Video:How to Use Voice Search an Android

with Brent Rose

Learn how to use voice search on Android. These tips on voice actions and voice search on Android will help to save time and effort.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Use Voice Search an Android

Hi, I’m Brent Rose for About.com. If you have an Android phone with version 2.2 (“Froyo”) or higher, you’ve got some Voice Search (and Voice Action) capabilities. Today I’m going to show you how to take advantage of some of those.

Getting the Voice Search Application for Android

Even if you already have Android 2.2 on your phone, you may need to update the Voice Search application in order to use Voice Actions. Simply go to the Android Market, search for Voice Search, and make sure it's all installed and updated. Once you've done that you can go on back to your desktop.

Activating Voice Search

Now to activate Voice Search and Voice Actions, simply long-press the Search button. The first time you do it, it will ask you what you want to do by default. Click to check "Use by default for this action," and then click Voice Search.

Placing a Call Using Voice Search

Now, again from the Desktop, let's try calling somebody. Simply long-press the Search button, say "Call" and the person’s name. "Call Walker Peterson at home." It should be mentioned that you need a data connection to do this. There you go. It found Walker Peterson in my Contacts, and now it's dialing him automatically.

Texting with Voice Search for Android

Voice Actions are capable of much more. Say I wanted to send a text message to Walker. I can do that using the "Send Text" action. Again I long-press search, then say, "Send text to Walker Peterson home. Hey man, are we still on for tonight, question mark." You'll notice it doesn't understand my inflections, so I'll have to speak the punctuation in order to put it in. And there you go, perfect. Now, if I want to add more to that, I simply click the little microphone button. "Just wanted to check in, period." And there you go. I'd just need to hit send, and it would be on its way.

Email with Voice Search for Android

I can do the same thing with an email. "Send email to Walker Peterson. Want to watch the game tonight, question mark. It should be a good time, period." Perfect.

Other Features of Voice Search for Android

I can do a lot more with this. Say I wanted to listen to some music. "Listen to Otis Redding." It will search Pandora, Last.FM, and apps like that in order to find it. And there we go (as it plays through Pandora. Note: the Pandora is free and can be downloaded from the Android Market.)

It can be used to call business that I don’t even have in my contacts. "Call Dizzy's Diner, Brooklyn, New York." It found it, and it even displays the street address.

This can also be a handy safety feature, especially if you're driving. Simply long-press search, and say, "Navigate to 500 Broadway, New York, New York." It's going to open up the Navigation application and give me turn-by-turn directions. I did that without even looking at my phone, and I'm off and running.

Of course, I can search Google simply by saying the thing I want to find. "Pictures of Albert Einstein." And there they are.

And, lastly, a great feature is that you can leave a note for yourself. "Note to self: voice actions can save you a lot of time and energy." And there you go. The note will be emailed directly to you.

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