S-Voice on the Samsung Galaxy S 4
S-Voice, an app that comes with your computer, can handle some basic functions on your phone, including making a phone call, sending an e-mail or a text, searching the Internet, or even updating your Facebook status.
You may love this capability, or you may find it to be a gimmick and not very useful. Either way, you can have some fun with this.
Get started with S-Voice
To get started, all you need to do is press the Home button twice. This brings up the screen shown in this figure.
Now, ask for what you want. Say you want to call someone.
In the old days, high-end cellular phones would require you to train the voice recognition software to understand the basics of how you speak. No more. Just tell it who you want to call by saying “Call Bill.”
Be ready. In just a moment, it calls Bill. It’s that easy.
However, if you know several people with the name Bill, it asks in a pleasant female voice which “Bill” you want to call.
You may have heard of “Siri” on the iPhone. Siri responds to questions you ask it. The S-Voice app is the same idea, only it responds to the name “Galaxy.”
Many people refer to the application as S-Voice. Using the name “Galaxy” creates too much confusion between the app and the phone itself.
If you want to call Bill Boyce, a person from your contact list, say “Call Bill Boyce.” Within a moment, his phone rings.
A few pointers for using S-Voice. If you hesitate, S-Voice assumes that you are not ready to talk and goes into a sleep mode. To wake it up, just say “Hi Galaxy.” It wakes up, ready to resume listening.
What you can do with S-Voice
You can ask S-Voice to do all kinds of things on your Galaxy S 4. Some examples include
Telling you the time
Setting an alarm
Turning Wi-Fi on or off
Telling you the weather forecast
Setting a count-down timer
Recording your voice
Opening an app
Playing a playlist
Adding an appointment to your schedule
Finding a local restaurant, store, or public location
Navigating to an address or location
All you need to do is ask, and it will do a good job in finding what you want. For example, you can ask for a nearby McDonald’s, and S-Voice comes back with some options, as seen here.
Then, you can ask it to give you direction to the McDonalds that you choose. This causes S-Voice to hand you over to your preferred navigation application. This brings up a screen like the one shown.
Now all you need to do is drive there safely and enjoy!