For those of you having trouble with voice search not recognizing contacts ensure you have the settings correct for search.
Menu > Settings > Search > searchable items > make sure 'contacts' is enabled
Adjusting Search permissions for my Motorola Droid under Settings is an available option but for my Eris Droid, there is no Search category under Settings. Perhaps I'll have to wait for upgrade to 2.x due out this month, I'm told by Verizon.
I did get an update to Eris last night but it wasn't the one to 2.x I'm waiting for.
I have a strange problem... if I access the voice search by press-holding the magnifying glass button, the 'call' command doesn't work--it goes straight to google search. In fact, only 'navigage to' seems to work this way. Everything had been working up to now.
However, if I go to 'car home' or access voice search by going into the apps panel and pressing the 'voice search' icon, the 'call' command and other voice commands work great.
This is a definite annoyance since I love being able to press-hold the magnifying glass to call people easily.
I have the exact same problem and have been trying different forums for a few weeks with no resolution. It worked fine when I first got my phone, I would hold down the magnifying glass, say "call John Smith", and bingo his number would come up and I could easily dial while driving. Now it just does a Google search, but not my contacts? I tried the suggestion of going to Menu>Settings>Search>Searchable Items and "Contacts" was checked already. I even unchecked "Browser" and left just "Contacts" checked and it STILL won't work. VERY irritating to try and dial while driving.
Should I try taking my phone back to verizon?
Changed contacts to My Contacts, Set search to Contacts, even disabled Browser under searchable items. Still it just does a google search when I use the Voice Search function from the Home menu. Will not search contacts. This used to work. Did some application that I installed somehow disable this? Has anyone found the answer to this problem that works?