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Galaxy S4: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla

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Chapter 15. Google Now and Voice Search and Control

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You’ll learn to:

  • Use Google Now to make your life easier

  • Search your S4 by speaking

  • Control your S4 with the magic of your voice

  • Set Google Now and voice options

YOUR GALAXY S4 HAS a lot more tricks up its sleeve than you can imagine. Any smartphone will do what it’s supposed to do if you press the right buttons and use the right screen gestures—but the S4 is a whole lot smarter than you think. It doesn’t just respond to your commands; it can learn from your behavior and adjust itself to what you want. For example, it knows that you’re headed out on vacation, and so suggests a faster way to get to the airport to bypass a traffic jam.

You spend a lot of time talking into your phone when you make phone calls: that much is obvious. 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 let your fingers do the walking, let your voice do the talking, and you can do all that and more.

In this chapter, you learn to do all this by using built-in voice search and control on the S4, plus an amazing app called Google Now.

Using Google Now

IMAGINE HAVING A NEARLY omniscient invisible assistant at your side all day long, giving advice when you need it—“avoid the Mass Pike driving home; there’s been an accident”—telling you when packages you’ve ordered ...

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