Voice Actions for Android 2.2

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    For those of you who don’t know what Voice Actions are, they are a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone and perform many functions using nothing but your voice. It is a download that replaces your current Voice Search app and brings many new and more comprehensive functions to your search button. It is accessed the same way the old Voice Search was accessed, from the Search widget or by pressing the search button and holding for a couple seconds. You can send a text message directly from your search button by simply speaking “Send text to [name][body of text]”. You can also use it to navigate to your destination by saying “Navigate to [destination]”. It can be used to send emails by saying “Send email to [name][body of email]”. You can use it to make calls, play music through many different apps including Pandora, go directly to websites, perform Google searches, and more. The best part about it is that it actually works. When you use it for the first time, a help window pops up that explains all the different functions that Voice Actions brings to your phone, and even has a link to a video to help you even further.

    One of the features that I really like about it is that you can create new Pandora Stations on the fly simply by speaking “Listen to [band name]” and then selecting Pandora from the list of available music apps.

    It is a free download from the market and is only available to devices running Android 2.2.
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    New 'Voice Actions" app doesn't hear my contacts
    I've played around quite a bit with this new froyo feature on my D1.

    This enhanced voice search does a great job recognizing commands to "navigate", "view map", and to do a variety of kinds of google searches (the last of which it did well before...)

    However, it never recognizes the names in my contact list correctly. :icon_evil: Thus, the most important vocal commands -- to call, text, or send an email to a human person with a proper name -- are useless. It never fills in the "to:" line. And/or it misinterprets contact names as regular words or as place names or something else every frickin' time! So annoyed.

    Am I alone?
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    your contacts MUST be synced to google and they will work
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    has there been a clock that works to set the alarm to?
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    I have a weird problem...my phone announces calls with voice, then ring...no clue what I changed to make that happen...how do I turn it off?
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    There is a new DeskClock.apk that fixes that.

    Also, just so no one gets confused..this is Google's latest VOICE SEARCH update... do not be fooled by "non-Google" Market apps named "Voice Actions" or similar. This is just the latest Google Voice Search update (v2.0.1) for the stock app.

    Oh, and in case anyone asks, it has already been included in all my Themes for a while now, no need to rush to the Market. :)
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    When they get Bluetooth worked out so it works for more than just voice dialing and fully integrated with this I'll really love it. Until then I still have to pick my phone up and take my eyes off the road while I'm driving. Not good.

    I've been messing with this for weeks and I very much like the improved voice search over the one that shipped with the phone.
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    Does anyone know if there is a way to cancel a misinterpreted voice dial command? It sometimes accidentally calls the wrong people from my contacts list, and I can't figure out how to stop it before the call goes through.
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    If it's a Bluetooth-headset initiated call I just hit the button on my headset again. It hangs up. 9 times out of 10 it doesn't dial out.
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    Droid 2 already has this installed.
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    They are. Hmmm.
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    Edit the previous post: the contacts sync box was not checked.
    That did the trick! Thanks, gelopez!

    It does feel a little bit like big brother that my phone has to be a hooked onto my computer for it to work..
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    I searched the market for this and did not find for free. Do you need it for the X?
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    Anyone know if you can get it to play music from your library and not just pandora or last.fm?
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    Nope, can't get it to start from your own music library. Maybe they'll put it in the next update.
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    Did you use the barcode scanner? It's the basic Google Voice Search.
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    I have Contacts sync on and still have the problem of it not understanding names, even if I over-enunciate everything.
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    Where could I find that new desk clock app? Every time I go to the site it says that they're working on a fix.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
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    Make sure that you have the contacts sync box and the auto sync box checked. I didn't try this but you might try rebooting the phone and/or uninstalling and reinstalling the app update. But for me, the sync thing did it...
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    I think it depends on how complicated and how unique your contact names are. And if you're using it with bluetooth how effective of a microphone or pickup device your headset has.

    While I love these new Voice Search capabilities, I've never found it effective enough for voice commands while driving. It always messes up trying to identify the right contact, or whether I want to use the contact's home or mobile number, etc. And worse, often I can't hang up quickly enough. In my experience it just isn't good enough for handsfree phone use while drving. (And btw, I am fully synched with Google.)

    That said, true voice commands that bluetooth headsets understand under other OS'es were really not that effective either. Not that I compare WinMobile with Android very often, but WinMobile's bluetooth headset voice command implementation is very effective, yet I always also had the same issue with contacts in that environment.

    Maybe my contacts' names are just too complicated, but to me, the technology just isn't there yet. I expect we're going to see a number of upgrades before we really get voice commands that are safe enough to use while driving.
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