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Galaxy S II: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla

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Chapter 14. Controlling the Galaxy S II with Your Voice

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YOU’LL SPEND A LOT of time talking into your Samsung Galaxy S II when you make phone calls, certainly. But you can do a lot more with your voice as well. Want to send a text messages, get directions to a city or street address, and visit a website? Rather than having your fingers do the walking, have your voice do the talking, and you can do all that and more.

You do all this using two apps built into the Galaxy S II. It’s simple and straightforward, as you’ll see in this chapter. There’s a related app that lets you search the Web using your voice, and you’ll learn all about that as well.

Two Ways to Control the Galaxy S II by Voice

YOU HAVE TWO WAYS to control the Galaxy S II with your voice—using Voice Search (whose official Android name is Voice Actions) and using Voice Talk. Voice Search is built right into the search capabilities of the phone, while Voice Talk runs as a separate app.

Try both to decide which you like better.

Possibly the most amazing part of Galaxy S II’s Voice Search feature is this: The only thing you really need to know is how to talk. Your voice is its command.

Launch it in one of three ways:

  • Hold down the Search key.

  • Tap the Voice icon to the right of the Google Search box.

  • Run ...

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