One of our favourite features of the latest wave of Samsung Galaxy devices (smartphones and tablets) is their voice recognition capability.
By improving their voice-command software, Samsung has created a great new line of products that are more convenient and provide safer hands-free functionality than past smartphones.
The importance of voice commands
Voice command technology on your mobile device has many perks. The most notable benefit is that it eliminates the need to touch your device while driving. This hands-free experience allows you to take important calls and receive messages while still keeping your eyes on the road.
Voice commands can also simplify life at home or in the office. Being able to make calls or access apps without having to dig through your contacts list or scroll through multiple screens is perfect for those constantly on the go or multitasking.
Let’s take a look at how to use voice commands on a range of Samsung Galaxy devices
Samsung Galaxy Core Prime
General voice commands for finding information, such as map locations or Google inquiries, can be performed on your Samsung Galaxy Core Prime by going through these easy steps:
You can also use your voice to audibly type text messages using Google Voice Typing. To enable it follow these simple steps:
Instead of typing on the keyboard on the message writing screen, you can press the small microphone icon toward the bottom of the screen.
Use voice typing to perform other tasks, such as writing notes and reminders, by tapping the microphone on the appropriate screens as well.
Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5
You need to set up the function before you can start using it, using these simple steps:
You can further customise S Voice by tapping Menu, a rectangular icon with no bottom line and two lines inside of it, and then tapping Settings. Here you can determine language settings. Another key feature of the Galaxy S4 and S5 is S Voice Drive, a stripped-down version of S Voice made for drivers. Here is how to get it going:
Now you are ready to safely use your Samsung Galaxy S4 while on the road. S Voice Drive is tailored to make driving a safer experience. It features larger text, making it easier to read the words on display while it’s fastened to your dashboard or windshield. Notifications are read aloud, too.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 phablet requires similar steps in order to take advantage of S Voice options. Follow these directions to further customise your S Voice settings:
From here you can also:
Practice, practice, practice
Now that you know how to get the most out of the voice command features on your Samsung device, it is a good idea to take them for a test run before relying on them on the go. While voice recognition technology has improved, getting used to the process, cadence (modulation or inflection in your voice) and volume you need to use to take advantage of voice command options can take a while.
While using voice commands can be safe and convenient, be aware that it may use up some of your data quota if you access apps or websites that need the internet. If data usage is a concern for you, don’t forget iiNet will double your data when you bundle your broadband internet with 4G mobile service.
Do you use voice commands on your mobile? Do you find it helpful? Let us know in the comments below.