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I use my phone in my car a lot and I want to be able to make calls without touching or looking at the phone. So far my old old Windows mobile phone does better than any Android app I’ve used with my new Samsung Galaxy s3 with Ice Cream Sandwich.
The features I’d like to see are:
1. Can initiate a call without touching the phone. My old windows phone required touching one button, nothing more. On my new Samsung Galaxy s3 with Ice Cream Sandwich I first have to press a button to bring the screen alive, then slide finger across to unlock, then either double click the home key or click on the Google widget and then click on the mic icon. That’s 4 hand actions before I can speak and several of them require looking at the screen.
2. Phone is good at finding numbers in my contacts. My old windows phone got the right name from my contacts about 90% of the time (1 out of 10 wrong is still annoying). My new Android phone gets it right about 50% of the time. It doesn’t seem to try first to get a call from my contacts (it might be best if it only looked at Contacts). For example, I asked it to “Call Ricardo Casiano on cell”. He is in my contacts. Google search interpreted this as “Call Ricardo cost ya know on cell” and didn’t do anything from there.
3. The phone asks if it got it right before doing the call. E.g. Did you mean call Joe Smith on cell? The Google search doesn’t ask for verification. It just says the number and starts dialing. If it got it wrong I have to look down at the phone and tap “Cancel”
4. If there are multiple numbers (e.g. home, work, cell) it asks which I want and lists them. E.g. do you want to call home, work or cell? The Google app says there is more than one number but doesn’t give me any simple way to tell it which one.
Device(s): Current: Samsung S4, Rooted Nexus 7, HP Touchpad running CM9
Previous: Moto DRM, Bionic, X
Carrier: Verizon Wireless
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Do you use a phone dock in the car? Does your phone have a dock app? If you have a dock app (there are several in the Play store), that will save you the key press to wake, and the slide to unlock. After that, you're down to one button to start your calling app...
thank you for the replies. I tried VLingo that comes with the Galaxy s3. If there is more than one number it says there is more than one number and then stops. It doesn't say what the options are. My old windows phone would say "call john smith on mobile, work or work2?"
Or if there is only one number it would say "Call John Smith, correct?" If you say "Yes" it calls. If you say "No" it says, "Try Again"
I don't know if there is a phone dock for the Galaxy s3.
I haven't had a chance to try Choice Dialer Plus yet. I will.
I looked at reviews for Choice Dialer Plus.
They say it doesn't support Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) which is what I have.
Also, almost half the reviews gave it 1 star. Very bad ratings and comments.
Some people had a better experience, but doesn't sound very promising and without ICS support won't work at all for me.
Vlingo. You can set it to be actively listening in the background. Eats battery in that mode though. Although S-Voice can do that to AFAIK, just say "Hello Galaxy" and it will activate.
No S-Voice app on my GNote/4.0.3. There is an S-Choice app, really a kind of app store, but with only a couple dozen apps. And no voice input options that I can see... Maybe you're confused with that?
There is also an app called Voice Talk that, when started by tapping to start and tapping to choose the Call module (8 other modules available), will indeed answer to "Hi Galaxy", and "Call Lulu mobile", etc.
Never used it yet though. But I see there is still a lot of tapping involved.
Last edited by AlvarezLuis; September 7th, 2012 at 01:20 AM.
What the app does when there are multiple persons or multiple phone numbers for one person is important. The app that comes with the Galaxy (driven by VLingo, or can choose Google voice) leaves you no voice command option for dealing with these situations.
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