A fews years ago when texting was the rage, I was not a fan of texting. I avoided it like the plague even though I loved technology. It was cumbersome, annoying and tedious trying to text with my fingers. My friends would ask me if I received texts and would grumbling say yes. When they would text my flip phone, it would be short, simple answers.
I finally jumped on the bandwagon when I discovered voice activation software on my first smartphone (an android). I noticed a small microphone on my touch keyboard and instantly became a texting fan. It was a life altering change for me.
This new feature opened up a whole new paradigm shift with all of my devices. My once favorite device, my laptop, now misses me a bit these days. My family, especially my father and sister would tease me when I would talk in the phone to text someone or ask a question. Guess who is talking in their phone now? My Dad. My family. Guess who is smirking now? Siri.
To get you started, here is a shortcut listing of voice commands for Siri (iphones) and Google Now (android). You can use this feature anywhere, in front of anyone, so don’t worry about what people think…secretly, they’ll be jealous that they can’t tell their phone what to do! For a more extensive list, here is another one to help.
For iphones, you want to hold down the “home” button at the bottom center of your phone and then give it a command. For example, I use this command several times a month “Directions to <address> in Google Maps”. I prefer Google Maps over the default map navigator.
For Android phones like Galaxy, you can simply say “Ok, Google” and Google Now wakes up your phone. Make sure your settings allow you to say it from any screen. Go to Google Settings > Search & Now > Voice > OK Google detection and enable From any screen.
Here is a nice list to start with for those that don’t have iphones. Practice when no one is around so you can impress others later with your techy ways. Have fun!