Google Voice Actions is a pretty cool feature on Android phones. If you haven't used it much, you should give it a try. You may have to get over that nervous, awkward feeling of talking to your phone when there's no one actually on the line, but that passes quickly as you use it more.
Google Voice Actions has a lot of great built in functionality with it's base commands. However, with these cool tips, courtesy lifehacker.com, you can do even more with the speech recognition engine.
With Google Voice, there are a number of commands that you can say to invoke certain actions. The table to the right shows these. If you'd like to download that table in MS Word format, click here. It's handy for when you are first learning Voice Actions and trying to remember what all you can say.
Using the Text Message action, though, we can expand the abilities of Voice Actions even further to interact with websites or services that have text message integration. Here are some examples:
- Add entries to your Google Calendar. To do this, you must enable mobile integration in Calendar from your desktop PC web browser. Just click Settings, then click on the Mobile Setup tab. Next, create a contact on your phone and call it Calendar (or whatever you would like) and enter its mobile number as 48368 (aka GVENT). When you need to add a new entry, just say "SMS Calendar Oil change on saturday at 9am"
- Update Twitter via text message by adding the number 40404 to your contacts. You will also need to visit Twitter's website and configure your account to receive updates via text message. (Note 40404 only works from the US. If you live elsewhere, check Twitter's website for the number of your country). Twitter also allows a number of other functions via text message.
- Update Facebook by adding your Facebook Upload email address to your contacts.
- Add task items to Remember the Milk via their Twitter Integration features
- Use web service Kwiry to add movies to your NetFlix queue or schedule recordings on your Tivo
As you can see, there's a lot more you can do with Voice Actions than you may have realized. Sure, lots of these things you can do via the Internet on your mobile, but what about when you're cruising down the highway at 85 MPH when you suddenly remember you never added tomorrow's psychiatrist appointment to the calendar. For all of our safety, I strongly suggest learning how to make the most of the amazing speech recognition capabilities within Android.
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