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Old November 19th, 2009, 01:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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the voice comman feature of the eris is pretty interesting. long press the green call button to bring it up, here are some suggested commands that came built into the my touch

some work, some dont, if you try one let us know if it works or not

i do know that you can say "open (app name)" and it will open any app on your phone, it's pretty good, even got bonsai blast...lol

Open <app name>

Call <contact> <place (mobile, home, etc) >

Open battery info

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Old November 22nd, 2009, 09:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thank you so much for posting this, I was wondering where my voice commands were
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Are there adjustments for this feature. My Eris hardly ever gets it right.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 12:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Are there adjustments for this feature. My Eris hardly ever gets it right.
I have to agree, my voice dialer rarely gets it right. The google voice search is much more accurate.
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Old December 1st, 2009, 02:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hmm, note the frequent mentions of "Voice Command"; this looks like a list of usable commands for Windows Mobile's Voice Command program. I don't think half of this stuff is applicable to the Android Voice Dialer.

I could be wrong (apologies to the OP if I am), but I too have had little luck with any commands outside of "Call Foo" and "Dial 123", which would make sense if this list is intended for a different voice control program.

Still, it's a good place to start. Perhaps we could use this thread to compile commands that we know work with the Eris...

I'll start:
  • Call *Name_Of_Contact* (e.g. "Call Home")
  • Dial *Phone_Number* (e.g. "Dial 1-8-0-0-5-5-5-1-2-1-2")
  • Open Battery Info
  • Open *Program_Name* (e.g. "Open Browser")

I don't use the voice functionality much, but I might start if we can find some little gems that make my life easier.

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Old December 1st, 2009, 02:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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you are probably right Bollenator, i was not sure...
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If that is the case then I hope we can get that functionality from MY Touch working at some point, possibly after root, because that is a pretty impressive list of features and it would be really sweet if they all worked.
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I have to agree, my voice dialer rarely gets it right. The google voice search is much more accurate.
Is google voice available on the Eris?
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Is google voice available on the Eris?
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Are there adjustments for this feature. My Eris hardly ever gets it right.
I can almost never get it to work. It just seems to beep and sit on the "listening" screen. Any adjustments?
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Have you actually used it on the Eris by speaking a command like "find Starbucks, Naples, FL"? Because if so, I am SOOOO happy! This is one of the reasons I was holding out for the next HTC Android. A couple of reps told me it didn't have the chip set required for this. Or maybe it was the Google Voice Navigation they meant.
UPDATE: It appears that I misunderstood, that google voice DOES work now on the Eris. So they must have been referring to google voice working with google navigation. And if that is enabled with the upgrade, the Eris will rock!
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I'm confused (nothing new). When you do the voice search, to search google, is that a different program than the "voice dialer"? Because, the google voice search is very accurate for me, yet the voice dialer is very inaccurate.
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I'm having problems confirming afterward. The dialer might get the contact number or program choice correct but when I say "Yes or Correct" afterward it just sits there. Any thing else I should know or do I have to physically press. OK or Cancel?
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I'm confused (nothing new). When you do the voice search, to search google, is that a different program than the "voice dialer"? Because, the google voice search is very accurate for me, yet the voice dialer is very inaccurate.
yes it is different i think, to bring up the voice dialer hold the physical call (green) button

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I'm having problems confirming afterward. The dialer might get the contact number or program choice correct but when I say "Yes or Correct" afterward it just sits there. Any thing else I should know or do I have to physically press. OK or Cancel?
i am pretty sure you have to physically hit the menu that pops up.
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I, too have been having the issue where the voice dialer just sits there, "Listening" forever.
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I couldn't get Voice Dialer to work at all either, it would just sit there at Listening and nothing would happen.

There is an app, TopVoiceControl (and you need to get TTS Service Extended app as well) that drastically improved voice recognition for me. The TTS Service enables the text-to-speech part of the app so it can talk back to you.

After you download the apps, press and hold the call button, and it will ask which program (TopVoiceControl or Voice Dialer) you want to use and set as default.

This has worked about 1000% better than just Voice Dialer for me.
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I, too have been having the issue where the voice dialer just sits there, "Listening" forever.
Ditto for me.

Cheeto12 I will try your suggestion and see if it works any better. I assume these are apps that I can find in the android market.

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I have tried all the solutions above but still cant get it to comlete the call using only verbal commands. After I say "Call whoever on mobile" using the defaut program the phone beeps at me and list is presentd on the phone that I have to choose from. When I use the TopVoice app I get the confimation voice back to "Call whoever on mobile" but then no voice commands wil finish the call.
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I can almost never get it to work. It just seems to beep and sit on the "listening" screen. Any adjustments?
I've almost never (about 2% success) been able to voice-dial with my Eris. I just spoke with an HTC rep yesterday. Turns out that the Eris voice-dialer problem is acknowledged by HTC and will be fixed in a followup update sometime between now and when the 2.x update comes out . (I could NOT get him to be any more specific than that.)
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For those of you who have a voice dialer that just "sits there", check the number of contacts you have.
I had the same problem, returned the phone, confirmed the voice dialer worked, loaded google with contacts and it died. Took a bunch of contacts out and it now works. I have about 1000 contacts in there, had about 3500.
Even now that it works, it still stinks, I hope the upgrade hits soon.
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how on earth do you have 3500 contacts?
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how on earth do you have 3500 contacts?
Its got to be for a business
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well that is what i figure but even so....3500? jeebus!
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Sorry...but press and hold the green call button? I have pressed and held the phone button from the home page as well as the green call button on the phone page and nothing happens??? What am I missing?
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Sorry...but press and hold the green call button? I have pressed and held the phone button from the home page as well as the green call button on the phone page and nothing happens??? What am I missing?
... the button to the left of the trackball ...
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... the button to the left of the trackball ...

Oh...lol thanks

OK I found it, but it doesn't work. Do you have to be in media to play an artist? None of those commands above are working for me...pretty much only "call" and "dial" are working, and those seem to be iffy at best.
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most of them dont work, i think this thread needs to be unstuck....

either that or we delete it all and start over with commands we know work.
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That looks like the list of commands for Microsoft Voice Command....especially when you see stuff like "Start Internet Explorer" in the list.
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it was, i found it somewhere.....ima start over on this...
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I have about 700 contacts I consider personal contacts. High school, college and work friends, all the people I do biz with like cleaners, boat repair, people I have done business with in the past, who are now not just customers, but people I would consider friends. The for work I have a database of about 2500 people I can call on. Now I don't call on them all of course, but I want to have theme with me and accessible just in case I have some time and near them, I can pull them up, give them a call and stop by. I also want them in my phone in case they pick up the phone and call me. I know who I am picking up, what company they work for, and can make them feel like we we are more than just first time acquaintances. I don't have to say, "who is this? what firm are you with, ok what is your address?..... Also, by having them all, I don't have to segregate my database, then remember to add new people to groups so they show up on phone. The less I have to think about, the better!
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I can almost never get it to work. It just seems to beep and sit on the "listening" screen. Any adjustments?
This thing just takes a little getting used to. When you speak, don't have the phone a 1/2 inch from your face practically touching your lips. Secondly, just slow the command down a bit, it will miss if your talking quickly. It seems to have a limit on how fast one can speak correlating to hits and misses on your commands.

I've gotten it down to where it will bring up the commands probably 99% of the time. Slow and clear is the trick folks......
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Really? I got to "play" with an Eris for about a week. I found for Voice Command, if you hold the phone like your on a voice call, VC works fine. For Google Voice, hold the phone about 6" to 10" straight out in front of you. But as I mentioned, I'm sure I've used the phone far less than any owner.
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I have an Eris and when I long press the green call button and say "call (phone number)" or "call (name)" it always works and when I say "open (program name)" it works as well. This and the google search by voice works.
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I can confirm that the Eris will not "go f itself" no matter how many times you tell it to.

Sorry, my girl got a little mad at her voicedial today. It doesn't like her accent. The fact that I couldn't stop laughing didn't help. Her accent gets thicker when she is mad. Lol
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well that is what i figure but even so....3500? jeebus!
I think it was a typo.. 3.5 is what was meant (one of the contacts is very short).
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I have the problem of the voice command hanging up, too. I notice, though, that if I do it once and immediately kill it, and do it again immediately, it works. Almost as if it needs to "warm up" or something lol. It doesn't understand half of what I say, anyway (must be the Noo Yawk accent).
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I had to try again on my voice command, but after it told me to try again and I held the button again I was able to get the phone to do "open battery info" while the TV was on. The first attempt it didn't react to my voice at all, but after it apparently timed out the second attempt it picked right up.
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Same hang problem here.....good thought about the number of contacts...I'd had 1500 as I've used gmail for several years.....email addys collect....I cleaned my list to as short as possible (most contacted) but it's still around 550. and it still hangs.

If I tell it to open calendar it's GREAT and fast, too. But it totally hangs on Call <name>

At any rate, was there a consensus on an alternative program? And if so, can it be set as the long press call button to activate?

Thank ya in advance!

(Just a side note as I am really loving the whole voice activation thing - I REALLY like handcent - I'm not a huge text messager AT ALL, but LOVE getting them now with being able to "speak" my reply. I know there are a lot of threads about it, but figured I'd throw it in here as it does the transcribe your voice thing)
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Ok after reading the posts here I tried hte green call button(to the left of the trackball) LOL Oh! Silly. Yes it brings up the right number most of the time if I speak slower than usual and clearly but I still have to look to hit the ok button. Is that how its supposed to be? Am I to understand I bought a phone with a voice dialer app that doesnt even work? because when I use the widget on the application menu it NEVER gets it right. Is there not a fix for this like there was for my Droid?
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I can't find the picture, but in Bonaventure Cemetary in Savannah Georgia, there is a grave marked "Jeebus."

Is this because of the Knights Templar?



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I can't find the picture, but in Bonaventure Cemetary in Savannah Georgia, there is a grave marked "Jeebus."

Is this because of the Knights Templar?
I think Jeebus has a moonshine distillery, actually.
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I'm confused (nothing new). When you do the voice search, to search google, is that a different program than the "voice dialer"? Because, the google voice search is very accurate for me, yet the voice dialer is very inaccurate.
Simple reason for that. Of course they're different programs, but that's not the reason.

Google Voice Search is accurate because it has the power and selectivity of Google and the entire internet's worth of data behind it. Have you noticed how google corrects your typos? It does the same to misunderstood words, and so will find the most likely thing you meant based on the huge database of Google.

Each google item also comes with a popularity ranking and a locality. Both can be used to guess which was your likely intention.

Your voice dialer has a much smaller database and also doesn't have any way to tell which items are more likely or more local, so the same software would be much less effective at guessing your intention.
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There is an app, TopVoiceControl (and you need to get TTS Service Extended app as well) that drastically improved voice recognition for me. The TTS Service enables the text-to-speech part of the app so it can talk back to you.

After you download the apps, press and hold the call button, and it will ask which program (TopVoiceControl or Voice Dialer) you want to use and set as default.

This has worked about 1000% better than just Voice Dialer for me.
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I found this forum because I just got an Eris yesterday and couldn't understand why the voice dialer wouldn't work. Reading this thread is really depressing. Voice dial is one of the things I really want on my phone. I'm coming from a Samsung Omnia (Windows mobile) and that phone had a voice dial that worked 95% of the time.

So is Cheeto12's fix quoted above the best fix out there? Anyone else tried it? I just got the phone and am not real tech savvy so I'm not excited about installing extra apps and having to use two of them just to get an installed app to work.

Is the Incredible any better on this score?

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I found this forum because I just got an Eris yesterday and couldn't understand why the voice dialer wouldn't work. Reading this thread is really depressing. Voice dial is one of the things I really want on my phone. I'm coming from a Samsung Omnia (Windows mobile) and that phone had a voice dial that worked 95% of the time.

So is Cheeto12's fix quoted above the best fix out there? Anyone else tried it? I just got the phone and am not real tech savvy so I'm not excited about installing extra apps and having to use two of them just to get an installed app to work.

Is the Incredible any better on this score?

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I doubt that the Incredible is better.

You may want to try the free app Vlingo to see if that works better for you.
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I doubt that the Incredible is better.

You may want to try the free app Vlingo to see if that works better for you.
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I downloaded vlingo (precious little in the way of user guide) but as far as I can figure out, it uses a data connection. I'm on Page Plus and don't have much of a data plan. Speech to text would be nice but not necessary. Voice dial is what I NEED. I think voice dialing for just the saved contacts and individual numbers is something that a phone app should be able to handle without using data. My Omnia does it fine.

I need to find an app just for voice dial. I think it's amazing that HTC/Android put out a phone with such a dysfunctional voice dialer.
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Android is pretty new - 2.1 came out just 14 or 15 months after the first ever Android phone, and I am sure that voice dialing was not considered a critical, must-have item. This is a Google designed product, so the use of data should not be surprising - it allows a great deal of processing power on servers rather than a limited amount on the phone itself.

To answer a question you posted elsewhere, 2.2 will not help you - Google voice actions are also server-based.

I really think that Android was designed to be used not as a fancy feature phone but as a rather sophisticated client integrated with powerful internet services, so using it while limiting data is fine, if that's what you want, but you shouldn't be too surprised at the limitations that you place on yourself.

I hope you find a voice dialer you want, though.
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Android is pretty new - 2.1 came out just 14 or 15 months after the first ever Android phone, and I am sure that voice dialing was not considered a critical, must-have item. This is a Google designed product, so the use of data should not be surprising - it allows a great deal of processing power on servers rather than a limited amount on the phone itself.

To answer a question you posted elsewhere, 2.2 will not help you - Google voice actions are also server-based.

I really think that Android was designed to be used not as a fancy feature phone but as a rather sophisticated client integrated with powerful internet services, so using it while limiting data is fine, if that's what you want, but you shouldn't be too surprised at the limitations that you place on yourself.

I hope you find a voice dialer you want, though.
Maybe it's something they'll re-think or maybe they just figure the only customer they're interested in will be the one willing/able to pay for a healthy data stream but a good contacts dialer shouldn't need to access the web/cloud. That technology has been out for many a year.

Seems like they'd make the extended voice rec services an optional thing as there are a lot of customers who choose not to pay for data. Oh well, they seem to be doing ok so what do I know...

I'll look around for a different dialer that meets my needs but I'll also start looking at other android touch screens and (gag) windows based phones...

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