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Dictate to S-Voice on Your Galaxy S 4

By Bill Hughes

The list of things you can do with S-Voice on your Samsung Galaxy S 4 phone includes a pretty long list of the primary capabilities, including sending texts and searching the web.

Among computer scientists, S-Voice is called an intelligent agent. S-Voice is a pretty darn good implementation of intelligent agent technology. It’s about as good as you can get for doing many of the basic functions of your Galaxy S 4.

Dictate a text with S-Voice on the Galaxy S 4

To use S-Voice on your Galaxy S 4 to send a text, say the words “Send a text.” Done.

S-Voice (also just called “Galaxy”) asks you, “Who would you like to message?” Give them the name. It looks up their number from your contact list. It then asks you for your message. Go ahead and say what you would have typed.

S-Voice then converts your words into a message. It displays what it thinks you said in a box similar to this figure.


Read it before you send it. If it is correct, just say “Send” and off it goes. If it’s incorrect, you can say “Cancel,” and it won’t send that message. You can then try again.

S-Voice is imperfect. For example, you can see in the figure that it thought the speaker said “Braun Beethoven” instead of “von Beethoven.” It ended up not making a difference in this case.

Search the Web by voice on your Galaxy S 4

These functions so far are pretty darn cool, but they get better. S-Voice has the ability to do some research on your behalf. For example, say that you have a research project, and want to know, “When was the War of 1812?” Ask S-Voice. It comes back with the answer you see in this figure.


Granted, S-Voice does not see the humor in this question. That is not to say that it does not have a sense of humor. Ask S-Voice, “What is the meaning of life?”

Being familiar with the Douglas Adams series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy helps you get the joke.