Using Google Voice on Your Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK

By Corey Sandler

You can interact with your tablet in several ways. Try ordering your Tab S2 NOOK around by issuing verbal orders with Google Voice. This used to be the stuff of science fiction. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.”

A microphone icon appears only in apps that accept voice input. And the feature generally requires you have an active Wi-Fi connection to the Internet. Only certain apps allow basic dictation without Internet access.

Turning it on

Here’s how to dictate a sentence into a memo, an email, or most other apps that are set up to use the keyboard:

  1. Display the regular keyboard.

  2. Press and hold the Settings (gear) icon on the keyboard (left of the spacebar).

  3. Tap the microphone icon.

    A larger red microphone appears, in anticipation of your words.

  4. Speak now.

    Talk toward the microphone, which is the tiny hole just below the Volume key on the right side of the tablet.

Keep these tips in mind when you’re talking to your Tab:

  • Be brief. If you pause for a few seconds, the tablet will assume you’ve finished your sentence. If you speak too quickly or say too many words, the tablet may become bored and stop listening.

  • Say your punctuation. Pause briefly after a word before you say comma (or exclamation mark or question mark or semicolon).

  • Touch in the upper panel to edit words. Press the Settings icon again if you want to open the keyboard for final touches.

  • If you want to use another language for dictation, your Tab S2 NOOK is happy to give it a try. Tap the Settings icon and then tap Select Input Languages to add a new language.

Making Google Voice settings

To customize some of the features of Google Voice, do this:

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Apps icon and then tap the Settings icon.

  2. Tap Language and Input.

  3. Tap Google Voice Typing.

  4. Place checkmarks next to the options you want (or remove checkmarks from options you don’t want).

To censor or not

Watch your mouth! Google Voice has a setting that allows you to block offensive words. You can turn off the block command and curse to your heart’s content. By the way, Apple and Amazon aren’t considered offensive words, even on a device made by Samsung and sold by Barnes & Noble.

To turn the censor on or off (sounds dirty to me), go to the Google Voice settings and add or remove the checkmark next to Block Offensive Words.