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Old August 20th, 2013, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Okay Google Now!

I thought this would be a good place to talk about one of the most publicized features of our phone. Feel free to give tips of making more useful, funny stories and frustrating attempts at getting it to work right.

The phrase "Ok Google Now" allows the user to interact with their phone with voice commands only.

So far, I've only played with it for about 30 minutes at home. I had hoped that I could say, "Okay Google Now, play Metallica" and it would. However, when I say something like that it takes me to a websearch for Metallica.

When I ask for help, so that I can see the phrasing it wants me to use, it isn't much help.

I tried saying "Okay Google Now, Update my Facebook status and it did a web search for Facebook status.

This is good in theory and MAY be good for search, but so far I'm not overly impressed with the feature.

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couldn't agree more with these comments. every thing i try (other than "ok google now, call person X") just takes me to a web search. hopefully some google now wizard will appear and help us out, because this wizard is out of ideas!
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These are the allowed commands. Instead of "play" you have to say "listen to".

https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2842392?hl=en

Really, we can't blame the Droid Maxx for this. This is all Google Now.

When you say "okay google now" it says right there to say "help me" to get a list of commands. Did you guys not see this?
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When I ask for help, so that I can see the phrasing it wants me to use, it isn't much help.
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When you say "okay google now" it says right there to say "help me" to get a list of commands. Did you guys not see this?
Clearly I did see the "help me" and I have said, "help me". The help it gives really isn't much help at all.
I agree it's not the Maxx's fault, it is Google Now's "fault". I however wouldn't say it's anyones fault. I would say it's early and bugs have to be worked out to make it more user friendly. There is a learning curve on both ends. That is why I started this thread, to give tips and offer help when people figure out what works better.

Again, RIGHT NOW, "Okay Google Now" isn't very useful. Maybe when I've learned to use it better and they make some improvements on their end. Maybe not.
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i've also said "help me" and read all of the tips there. what i would like to know is why, when i say the phrase exactly like it is said in this video, why don't i get the same response? why do i get a google search results page with links to the weather channel?

i agree this is a google now problem, not a Droid Maxx problem, but it clearly does not work the same for everyone.
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I only played around with it a bit. Is it something I'm going to use 100% of the time? No. But it is pretty nifty. While sitting down with a greasy burger in one hand and beer in the other...

"Okay Google Now, wake me up at 6 am" and boom, done.

"Okay Google Now, what was the score of the Yankees game?"
"...the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 8 to 4"
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I've had pretty good luck with this. I think there's only two times I've tried it that I had to repeat myself. I have successfully done the following commands:

Launch calendar.
Set appointment for August 27th at 4:30 PM.
Launch IHeartRadio.
Who is Indiana Jones?
Navigate home.

The ONE thing Google Now has a hard time with and it really makes me mad! My wife's name is Terri. It's a 50/50 toss up when I say "Text Terri" that it either works correctly or says, "Contact: Terry unknown."
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The ONE thing Google Now has a hard time with and it really makes me mad! My wife's name is Terri. It's a 50/50 toss up when I say "Text Terri" that it either works correctly or says, "Contact: Terry unknown."
I just figured this out last week while screwing around in contacts. Go to edit under Terri's contact and select add new, then select phonetic name, enter in whatever is misspelled (terry) then BOOM!
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I just figured this out last week while screwing around in contacts. Go to edit under Terri's contact and select add new, then select phonetic name, enter in whatever is misspelled (terry) then BOOM!
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They need to make texting as interactive as the Assist app does.

"Ok Google Now, text so-and-so, I'll be there in about 15 minutes"

Then it pops up and you have to read the text to confirm it's correct and then hit the "send" button... What's the point of "touchless"?

The Assist app, while in driving mode, will read your text to you and prompt you for a voice response as to whether or not you want it to send the generic "i'm driving" text back. I don't see why they can't implement the same all the way through.
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I've noticed (and others at Android Central) that "Okay Google Now, Launch Pandora" does not open Pandora. It acts like it's going to, but it never launches.

Also, for some reason if I say, "OK Google Now, Play Metallica". It only plays one song, Enter Sandman. When it's over, it replays again and again and again. I have EVERY Metallica song in my library. Strange.
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I've noticed (and others at Android Central) that "Okay Google Now, Launch Pandora" does not open Pandora. It acts like it's going to, but it never launches.

Also, for some reason if I say, "OK Google Now, Play Metallica". It only plays one song, Enter Sandman. When it's over, it replays again and again and again. I have EVERY Metallica song in my library. Strange.
I think the command for playing music is actually, "Okay Google Now, Listen to Metallica." Can't remember where I read that, but using the listen to command might help.

Edit: Or maybe not, that might be the command for Youtube. At any rate, the good news is that the Voice Control system is seperate from the OS and will be updated through Google Play rather than in a system update. So hopefully they can fix those bugs.
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At any rate, the good news is that the Voice Control system is seperate from the OS and will be updated through Google Play rather than in a system update. So hopefully they can fix those bugs.
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i've also said "help me" and read all of the tips there. what i would like to know is why, when i say the phrase exactly like it is said in this video, why don't i get the same response? why do i get a google search results page with links to the weather channel?

i agree this is a google now problem, not a Droid Maxx problem, but it clearly does not work the same for everyone.
i get the same response as seen in the video AND a search page with results. I had to go into the touchless control settings and turn on voice output (i'm assuming that's what you're missing)
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i get the same response as seen in the video AND a search page with results. I had to go into the touchless control settings and turn on voice output (i'm assuming that's what you're missing)
i'm finally getting the voice output but it never tells me the weather for my current location. not even if i have GPS turned on. it ALWAYS gives me weather for Chicago (i live in south Arkansas). the only way i can get my local weather is to say "ok google now, what's the weather in <insert home town>"

that's kinda bunk
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i'm finally getting the voice output but it never tells me the weather for my current location. not even if i have GPS turned on. it ALWAYS gives me weather for Chicago (i live in south Arkansas). the only way i can get my local weather is to say "ok google now, what's the weather in <insert home town>"

that's kinda bunk
I just tried it and it worked for me.

In settings->location access do you have Google Wi-Fi & mobile network location turned on? If yes, try turning that off and see if that fixes it. I've had issues (with my old phone) where my location was showing up way off, I thought due to a mixup in WiFi or network location.
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I just tried it and it worked for me.

In settings->location access do you have Google Wi-Fi & mobile network location turned on? If yes, try turning that off and see if that fixes it. I've had issues (with my old phone) where my location was showing up way off, I thought due to a mixup in WiFi or network location.
nope, just tried it. same result. my phone LOVES Chicago. i love the city too, but unfortunately it's several hundred miles away from me
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My friends and I get a chuckle out of asking Google now the temperature outside, because when it comes back and speaks the answer, it gives the location as the zip code and reads it out as if it were a long have number. Example: it will read zip code 91355 as 91,000 300 55
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I didn't like the idea of saying 'Google Now' all the time, it felt too much like free advertisement for Google every time I said it. So instead, I use 'okay, Droid Maxx', and it works! I haven't played with it too much to see if I could actually give the phone a name and use that instead of the prescribed catch phrase.
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I didn't like the idea of saying 'Google Now' all the time, it felt too much like free advertisement for Google every time I said it. So instead, I use 'okay, Droid Maxx', and it works! I haven't played with it too much to see if I could actually give the phone a name and use that instead of the prescribed catch phrase.
What was the setting you used to do this? I like that idea.
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What was the setting you used to do this? I like that idea.
Ain't no setting, bro. Just say whatever you want when training it to your voice. If it works, yer set! :-D
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Ain't no setting, bro. Just say whatever you want when training it to your voice. If it works, yer set! :-D
Sweet, good to know. "Okay Moto slave" sounds about right.
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OK droid maxx is all I could get to work.
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Curious.

I tried "OK Droid Maxx" and it was accepted.

If I say "OK Droid Maxx" it prefaces everything I request with "max". It allows me to leave it off.

So ... now with my phrase "OK Droid Maxx" recorded I can just say "OK Droid" as the key ... for me "OK Droid time" reports the current time.

Curious.

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I thought I wasn't crazy with the "listen to" command. I hope that helped with your issue of playing Metallica.
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Can anyone tell me if it's true that you can't send a text using Touchless Control without touching a "send" button after dictating? Or is there a way around that perhaps using Moto Assist? I was really hoping to make that work for when I'm driving.

Ideally, you would think that the phone would read your message back to you out loud, and then allow you to issue a voice command to send. Is that not possible?

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Can anyone tell me if it's true that you can't send a text using Touchless Control without touching a "send" button after dictating? Or is there a way around that perhaps using Moto Assist? I was really hoping to make that work for when I'm driving.

Ideally, you would think that the phone would read your message back to you out loud, and then allow you to issue a voice command to send. Is that not possible?

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To my knowledge it is not. I've tried it. It will type what you say into a message for you but you must push send to send it. However, I'm not a lawyer nor do I play one on tv, but I can say that pushing send on a text message takes no more concentration than looking at my radio to push the button to change the station.

Now, many states (including mine in Ohio) that have outlawed texting and driving. Should you have an accident in the process of sending a text completely hands free, hands free other than hitting send manually or using your hands to type it and send it, I'm pretty sure you are breaking the law and can be held liable for the accident whether it's your fault or not.

Once they check your phone for text messages sent around an accident, if they see a text sent they will not know, nor will you be able to prove if you sent it hands assisted, hands free or hands only. All the phone records will show is a text was sent from your phone at the time of the accident.

Now, I drive with no hands at times. Whlie I'm eating fries, turning my radio station and wiping up a spill. I watch women put on their make-up on the way to work every morning while driving 70 in a 55 or worse while driving 55 in a 70. All of those things are every bit as dangerous as texting and driving in my opinion, but eating and driving or putting on make-up and driving is not illegal (at least as far as I know).

Bottom line, be careful if you have to text and drive. Even if it's not your fault, if you have an accident, you will be charged.
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Anyone else feel like you have to SHOUT "OKAY GOOGLE NOW!" sometimes? I wish there were a sensitivity setting that could be adjusted.

For example, my phone sits on the end table next to my recliner in my home. With the television on at a reasonable volume and no one else talking. I have to shout "OKAY GOOGLE NOW!" in order for it to respond to me. Once it responds, I can talk in my normal tone and it will respond.

Anyone else getting that?
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Try recording the phrase (or alternate) again sitting in the area where you have it. The sound meter might show you that there is more ambient noise then you are aware of.

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Anyone tried this app? I installed it and played with it for a bit. Seems a lot like Google Now but with a little more sass and attitude.

I uninstalled it because with active notification and always on, I've found it got mixed up with Okay Google Now!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brandall.nutter
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I have stuck with OK Google.
Update- There was a bug with this which would activate touchless control when there was talking, or videos of people talking even though the words ok Google were never spoken. Changed back to ok Google now, no longer have the issue.
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My Google Now/Search doesn't work much like demoed in that video.

I could get it to do the conversation about the mayor of Chicago, but simple stuff like 'where am I?" doesn't bring up a map. Asking the same question about Apple Store in Mall of America just brings up a Google Web search.

Do you need that other app you linked to get that kind of conversational response?
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Mine works exactly as shown in the video. You do notice that he hits the button in the upper right corner before asking each subsequent question ... right?

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Mine works exactly as shown in the video. You do notice that he hits the button in the upper right corner before asking each subsequent question ... right?

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Yeah, I noticed he hits the microphone button each time, as did I.

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Did you try training the phrase "OK Google Now"? You may find that there is too much noise where you are and the training option shows you. The noise might be what is causing it not to understand you.

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It recognizes what I'm saying perfectly, it types it out after it's recognized, it's just the results are often not a card with a voice response, just a goggle web search result.

The demo is just using stock Google Search, right?
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Yes. My reference to OK Google Now was just to check the ambient noise.

When it fails do you retry it? I found that occasionally it doesn't respond the first time but does when it is repeated.

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Trained mine to start with "Ok Droid" then what ever command behind that, seems to work well.
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DistortedLoop, I just found the solution to this. You must first set your address as HOME and MAPS (if that's the one you want) as your default navigation application.

To do the former, start MAPS and brush your finger in from the left to bring up the menu. Choose SETTINGS. Then choose EDIT HOME OR WORK. Then you can enter your addresses.

I managed to do the latter as follows: OK GOOGLE NOW - "Navigate Home" - then it will prompt you as to which mapping application you want to use. I clicked MAPS then ALWAYS then from that point on, OK GOOGLE NOW navigation worked!

This might solve a lot of problems many people seem to be having. I was surprised I could not find the answer, and just kind of stumbled into it.
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I did "Ok Google Now, Panthers" today and it said, "The Panthers lost to the 49s 23 to 10." Pretty smart, it knew exactly what I wanted and more!

I have had luck launching applications and navigations. I use Rocket Player and haven't tried to launch music yet.
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Have you guys played with the hands free texting since the Play Store update? It ROCKS. When you have an incoming text it will ask you if you want to reply. You say what you want to say. It reads it back to you and asks you if you want to send it. OMG. I love it!!!!!!!
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Is there a way to set a calendar event hands free?

Every time I try, it shows the pending event in GoogleNow and I have to tap "create event" on the screen first.

Even if it must insist on confirmation, it would be nice if that confirmation could be voice.
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Default Turn Off Voice Confirm/Readback in Touchless Control

Love Touchless Control but clearly a work in progress. Theoretically I am too!

One thing that DRIVES ME MAD: When you say:

"Okay Google Now, call ______"

Phone says, in LOUD voice over speaker:

"CALLING _______, on their mobile phone" or a variation.

Can you turn off this voice confirmation or at least take it off the speaker?

Thanks,

David
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The only way I found is to turn System Volume to zero.

I think it is a s safeguard.

It frequently gets the name wrong when I say it. The fact that it announces it to me is what brings the fact to my attention. Without that announce.

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Love Touchless Control but clearly a work in progress. Theoretically I am too!

One thing that DRIVES ME MAD: When you say:

"Okay Google Now, call ______"

Phone says, in LOUD voice over speaker:

"CALLING _______, on their mobile phone" or a variation.

Can you turn off this voice confirmation or at least take it off the speaker?

Thanks,

David
Setttings>Touchless Control>Confirm before calling>Always place call without confirming ????
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