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One press voice dialing

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by DDave, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. DDave

    DDave Well-Known Member
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    My old Krazr phone had a button that I could push and say "Call JimBob". The phone would then reply, "Did you say Call JimBob".

    I'd answer yes and the phone would call.

    This is great when you are driving and dont want to take your eyes off the road. This is sorely missing from the droid.

    Does anyone know if this can be addresses somehow?
     

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  2. thegreen

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    This is a commonly discussed issue on various forums. Moto and Google are aware, keep your fingers crossed.
     
  3. blazingwolf

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    Have you tried the voice dialing app? You can place a shortcut to it on the Home screen.
     
  4. DDave

    DDave Well-Known Member
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    Yeah, I've done that, and it is a big help, but in MY opinion, a simple button should be available to push, make voice commands and dial.

    Maybe use the gold looking camera button for dual purposes. When not in camera mode, it can be used for voice dialing the phone. Wouldnt even have to power on the screen, but would unlock it for phone use should you need to interact with it.

    Just a thought.
     
  5. AzJazz

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    Yep! It's even better on the Droid! You have "Voice Universal Search" on the Droid, which means that you can vocally search for anything - on your phone or web - with the Universal Search feature.

    The one piece of the puzzle you're probably missing is this: The Search button on the lower right becomes a "Voice Universal Search" if you do a "long press" (you'll feel 2 buzzes from the haptic feedback), and then the Voice Universal Search will come up.

    And, here's where the Droid is better: When the Voice Universal Search starts, you can say "Call JimBob Wilson on Mobile", and away you go. If the Droid can properly understand it (and, it almost always does for me), you won't even have to confirm your answer - it will dial straight away without needing your confirmation. So far, I have never seen the Droid miss-dial a requested number it has recognized ... I have only seen the Droid not recognize a few of my requests (or, I have made the wrong request, and the Droid followed my stoopid request to the letter! :rolleyes:)

    Cheers!
     
  6. TonyG

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    Hold your finger on an empty area in the Home screen and place a Direct Dial icon from your contacts; this places an icon with a picture of the person if you have it set up that way in your Google Contacts. My right Home screnn has several such frequently called numbers/persons. I wish the Droid had 5 Home screens, not only three...

    Another (maybe preferred) simple way of one-press calling anybody on your Contact list is to press the Voice Search button on the Home screen and say "call johnny mobile"--and there you go! I presume this should also work when speaking the number.
     
  7. chefboyardee

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    seconding this. i think it's what you're looking for, and it's a physical button, not a home shortcut.
     
  8. Redflea

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    I agree w/the OP that for "eye's free" voice dialing a physical button is better...no need to look at the phone to see where on the screen you are pressing. At some point someone will write an app to take over the camera button - Handcent already does that for SMS if you want.

    In the meantime, I'd strongly suggest getting the Droid car mount, or putting your droid in car mode manually if you use another mount or hold it in your hand.

    Then you get huge buttons, and can tap the microphone icon and say "call" or "dial" and the person's name, etc., as noted above.

    Even better, BT dialing support is supposedly coming in the Dec. 11th update...

    Other options include Tap Dial, which allows you to set up space on one of your home screens where you can tap 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. times to dial a pre-set group of contacts. No need to look at the screen, just set your Droid to that home screen before you drive away. Need to dial - tap and it dials. But that is limited to a set of numbers you set up. Since most of us dial most often to a small set of numbers that's not too bad.
     

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