Android has had voice commands known as voice actions, since mid-2010, but it’s perfectly possible to use Android and never come across them. An Android phone is a handheld computer, a music player, a notepad, a GPS navigation unit and more, all rolled into one sleek device that fits in your pocket. Today’s phones do so many things for us that sometimes we don’t even think about how we do them.
Even though our phones do all these new things, the most natural way of interacting with a phone remains what it always has been: speaking. Android Voice commands or Actions are a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone using your voice. Call businesses and contacts, send texts and email, listen to music, browse the web, and complete common tasks, all just by speaking into your phone.
To use Android Voice Actions, tap the microphone button on the Google search box on your home screen, or press down for a few seconds on the physical search button on your phone to activate the “Speak Now” screen. ‘
Talking to your Android phone and using voice commands can be a way to improve your relationship with your phone and let you be more productive in how you do things with it.
Speak any of these commands to perform a Voice Action on your phone:
send text to [contact] [message]
listen to [artist/song/album]
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 simplest and perhaps most obvious use of Android voice commands simply calls someone in your contact list. The voice commands function is seamlessly integrated with your address book. If you’re calling a contact with multiple numbers, you can specify which one you’d like to use
Android Voice actions also have the power to replace your normal Web search. Rather than typing in your query, you can tap the microphone button and ask your phone to “Go to nasa.com” or “Go to twitter.com.” You can also use voice actions to find the website of a place or business
Navigate to Android voice command works with Google Maps and Google Navigation. You can also use voice commands to navigate to key landmarks and it would work out the directions from your current location.
You can use voice search as a personal assistant, to help you keep track of all of the errands and tasks you have to do while barely breaking your train of thought.
To use Android voice commands as a memory aid, simply hit the microphone button and say “Note to self. The Android voice action software will turn your words into the text of an e-mail and e-mail the reminder directly to you. Check your inbox, and you’ll have a mini-task list to work through at your convenience.