If occasionally chatting with Siri is currently the extent of your voice command knowledge, listen up. There have been a multitude of innovations in voice activated technology and smart home features which enable you to engage with technology in ways that were never possible before. This a field that is growing and expanding rapidly, so do not hesitate to get in on the trend now. From the quickest way to make a call to identifying what song is playing, here are some of the newest advances in voice command technology, as well as pointers on how to set them up and use them for maximum efficiency.
Activating Voice Control on Your Cell Phone
Your introduction to voice commands will be a little different depending on whether you have an iPhone or an Android. For Apple users, setting up the voice activated technology is very simple: just hold the home button and Siri will pop up. The best bet for Android users is Ok Google, which is part of the Google app. After you make sure you have the most recent version of it, click the app and go to “Settings” then “Voice” then “Ok Google detection” and check the box next to “From Google app”. Once you have done this, all you need to do is say “Ok Google” and voice activation will be on and ready for your commands.
Type of Commands
Once you have voice command technology enabled on your phone, there are a multitude of orders you can give and information you can access. First off, if you need weather, sports scores or any quick statistics, do not hesitate to ask your phone. Simply activate voice command (see previous paragraph for instructions)and speak clearly towards your phone and you will have the information you need in a matter of seconds. You can also ask your smartphone to set reminders and alarms in order to make sure you are always on schedule. If you want to get fancier with your voice commands, ask your phone to send a text or email. The phone will follow-up by asking you, who you would like to contact, what the subject is, and what exactly would you like to say. You can then read through the message your phone types before sending it out in order to proofread the content.
Control More Than Just Your Phone
If you are really interested in taking your voice command game to the next level, consider checking out other tools with similar technology such as Amazon Echo, a speaker system with a seven-piece microphone array and voice activation. The device responds to the name “Alexa” and is capable of playing back songs, working as an alarm clock, providing real time information and playing audiobooks. The speaker also features a lifelike voice due to speech-unit selection technology. In search of an option you can take on the go? The Amazon Echo Dot boasts additional features such as portability, hands-free activation and the possibility to connect to your own Bluetooth speaker.
Whether you decide to stick to apps on your phone or consider purchasing a speaker, voice activated technology is a fun and futuristic way to maximize your efficiency.