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[Verizon] Google Now, Voice Search is crap now.

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ymDroid, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. ymDroid

    ymDroid Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    (Running XenonHD v11)

    So...back in the days before Google Now, my Google searches were speedy. I could tap the Voice Search button and tell my phone to do just about anything.

    My favorite thing to do was to tell it to something not in my phone book.

    So "call Red Robbin in Springfield, Virginia". It would populate the web, find a Red Robbin in Springfield, and automatically call it. No need to touch any other button.

    I could do this as far back as my Droid X.

    Now, Google search can't even find the nearest McDonald's, let alone call it automatically.

    I see every review of Google now populating these "cards" with search results for images, movies, random facts, mathematical questions, but mine doesn't do any of that.

    So my question is...is this all a part of the dumb down search that hit all the Nexus phones, or the Google now packed with XenonHD bad, or are my settings in Google now just messed up?

    I'd really like to drop Google Now and return to the regular internet search...


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  2. Outatime

    Outatime Android Expert

    Google Now just found the nearest McDonald's to me perfectly and quickly. I'm on JBSourcery 2.2.
  3. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Does your phone have issues finding your location via GPS?

    Could be as simple as that
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  4. ymDroid

    ymDroid Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Not at all.

    Really my real concerns are with Google now not being as intuitive as it appears to be on a hundred reviews. Simple things Google search used to do like, call the Home depot in Woodbridge, VA" and it just automatically called.

    All it's good for is bring up the web search results. that's it. And I can open my browser and type the query in. There's no special functions anymore.

    Things like.."Remind me to take the trash out tomorrow" will return prompts that say, unable to schedule outside of the same day or something like that.

    It just doesn't do anything anymore.
  5. TheOozyman

    TheOozyman Member

    maybe you need to reflash because I have none of these issues
  6. ymDroid

    ymDroid Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Reflash Google now, or Xenon?
  7. NSutherl

    NSutherl Android Enthusiast

    +1 vote for reflash. I would clean wipe.
  8. jackburnt

    jackburnt Android Enthusiast

    Xenon is great... if you wipe. If you don't wipe, weird little things like this happen.

    I'm trying to decide today if I want to wipe and install the latest Xenon or jumpship and try a different ROM.

    I have to wipe regardless. Too many little bugs like this crop up because I didn't wipe last time.
  9. prostang

    prostang Well-Known Member

    I am on Liquid Beta2 and have none of the issues you detailed. I have tried all kinds of other ROMs and come back to Liquid. The battery life is great and the number of bugs is very low, especially for a Beta.
  10. RballCoach

    RballCoach Newbie

    I haven't used Google search but the voice text rocks! I hate texting now...rather talk into my phone.
  11. The_Chief

    The_Chief Accept no imitations!
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    Not sure what the issue could be. I told it to "Call GameStop in Manchester TN" and it searched for the number, said "calling" then called it.

    Maybe it's a setting somewhere that got tweaked?
  12. ymDroid

    ymDroid Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Are you on Xenon?

    I'm planning on clean flashing v11 or v12.
  13. The_Chief

    The_Chief Accept no imitations!
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    I haven't been on Xenon in months. I rock JBSourcery now :)
  14. ymDroid

    ymDroid Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I'm going to clean flash Xenon v11, if it first fix, but I'm bouncing.
  15. ymDroid

    ymDroid Well-Known Member
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    So I'm on Xenon 13 now.

    When I do a voice command to "call the nearest XXXXXX store", it's still doing the same thing. It brings up that store's Google Map location.

    If I type "call nearest XXXXX store, it does call.

    NOW on my stock unrooted Nexus, I received JB today. And Google Now search works perfectly.

    So i'm pretty sure this is a Xenon issue.

    So what ROM should I jump over to?
  16. The_Chief

    The_Chief Accept no imitations!
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    It depends on what you want in a ROM. If you want almost limitless options and outstanding developer support, wipe and flash JBSourcery 2.3 and Gapps 7/26. I have personally used a number of JB ROMS and this has effectively ended my flashing addiction... except for updates, of course.

    Make a nandroid of Xenon, wipe and try JBSourcery. If you don't like it (I'm sure you will) just wipe & restore the nandroid :)
  17. Dex

    Dex Android Enthusiast

    I think I might give that a shot. I've been running the Xenon ROMs for a while in the time being and hoping for an AOKP release. I had noticed this and a couple of other things, but since I don't use it a whole lot never really paid much attention.
  18. GandalfTehGray

    GandalfTehGray Android Expert

    Aokp is also nice if you haven't tried it before.
  19. LTek1

    LTek1 Member


    I am also on Xenon and have loved it, but I have found Google Now very lacking. Search cards are cool, but I rarely actually GET any of them other than my morning commute.

    Voice calling never works right. If I say "Call the nearest Home Depot" runs a google search. If I say "Call Home Depot in Richmond Virginia," it starts dialing my friend Richard.

    Location based stuff has been really rough. The other day I said "Navigate to the ABC store" and listened to it without glancing at the screen. At some point I realized I was heading towards the interstate, and discovered that it was sending me to the ABC store two states away. Whaaaat?

    Let us know how the clean flash goes. I wonder if just reflashing gapps would help. I think I'm on the 726 gapps under Xenon.
  20. MSUgEEk

    MSUgEEk Android Expert

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  21. LTek1

    LTek1 Member

    It was disabled on my Google Aps domain. Let's see what difference that makes.

  22. LTek1

    LTek1 Member

    What g-apps is everyone running? Iceandfire responded to this question via twitter and suggests flashing Formula84, though this is the first he's heard of anyone having Now problems.
  23. ymDroid

    ymDroid Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    This is exactly my issue.

    What's formula84?
  24. LTek1

    LTek1 Member

    It's another gapps package. I don't think it changed much. I will say, I have been playing with it all day, and it's very strange.

    "Call Home Depot" gives me the list of Home Depots and I can tap one to call.
    "Call the nearest Home Depot" tries to call my friend Dave.
    "Call Home Depot in Richmond Virginia" tries to call my friend Cullen.

    Note that in both cases above, it translates the text perfectly.

    If I *type* "call the nearest home depot" it acts just like I said "call home depot" and gives me the list of three to pick from.

    speaking: "Call Red Robin" pops up Russ Brown, even though the text is accurate, "call red robin"

    Typing "call red robin" gives me a list of three to pick from.

    The fact that typing vs. speaking - even when the speech recognition is perfect - is very strange.

    I will have to flash a clean rom. :(
  25. LTek1

    LTek1 Member

    Well, I just clean flashed the latest Xenon and am getting more consistent behavior from Google Now.

    Most searches, I have to pick the right one. So, above, my Home Depot example, it usually gives me three to choose from. Which isn't too bad, since we do have a bunch of Home Depots.

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