You can make this even more precise by telling the app whether you normally get around by car, bike, walking or train. Obviously, the smartphone-like evolution in our cars was slower and harder to implement. He has previously served as a technical writer for a government contractor and a copywriter with a digital advertising agency, where he wrote about marketing and tech. This enables you to use voice commands from your home screen. The most formidable of these Siri competitors is Google Now. Tell us more about it? There you will see dozens of language options, each one with a checkbox, so you can set primary and secondary languages if desired. Occasionally, apps running in the background are making noises which may interfere with the microphone picking up your voice, so check these too — and close any that you think may be making noise.
But if Google is known for one thing, that's sprinkling throughout its products. It doesn't have native support for nearly as many devices. If all else fails, it might be time to retrain your digital companion. If that doesn't work, check the microphone settings within the Google app. To do this, go into Google Now, scroll all the way to the bottom of your cards, and tap the magic wand. Close and open the browser to see the new homepage.
It will begin to calculate your commute based on this information. I have a Samsung Galaxy 9+. This will ensure that you only see results for extensions. Go back to the previous page 4. Scroll through the New Tab layouts until you find one that you like. This icon is in the top-right corner of the Chrome window.
Google is the card catalog to the modern-day Library of Alexandria. Still have to press the mic icon to get my voice commands and questions to work. This dictation feature works with most Latin-based languages — but not all languages. So even if I speak after the two commands and I see the four colored dots at the bottom move as I speak, my inquiry does not get through. Editors' Note: This post was originally published in March, 2016 and has since been updated to include newly discovered commands.
Now that you've changed your homepage's background, you can add features and widgets to it. When you open the Google app, the microphone icon on the right-hand side of the search bar should appear bold, with fully-formed lines. This may be caused by debris in the small microphone hole often found next to the charging port — have a careful poke around with a safety pin or similar to clear it out and you'll often fix the problem. It would allow you to quickly set your destination, select a music track, send a text message, or even change temperature both in your car or even your home, much like using Google Home with your smart appliances. Below is a list of commands we have verified work on.
Anyone who wants to can participate. The Android developer ecosystem is made up of exceptional individuals with different backgrounds, interests, and dreams. It should be hands free. If you know of a command missing from our list, please leave a comment and we will be sure to included it. As already said above, if you know more important or funny commands, please share them in the comments. The Chrome Web Store is the location from which you can install free backgrounds, themes, and other customizations for your homepage. Its app icon resembles a green, red, yellow, and blue sphere.
Jason has been writing and editing professionally since graduating from University of Maryland, College Park in 2010. Your device must have the Google app 4. In many ways, Google Now works similarly to Siri. Try to let that creepy feeling roll off your back for a minute, while I explain how this works. Click a New Tab layout that you like to view information and screenshots for the layout. Doing so opens the Settings page.
And it's missing some smaller, simple features, like a sleep timer. You can tell Google Now which teams are your favorites, and it will push you news stories and real-time updates during games. Toggle 'Use Screen Context' off since it was on already 2. All it takes is to submit. It's in the upper-left side of the page.
This will use more battery juice, though. Keep in mind that they will refill after a browsing session. Check your language settings If Google Assistant isn't responding to you, maybe it is because you're speaking the wrong language. Some aren't available in every language. Click Yes on the accompanying prompt and the new homepage will be set.