23
May
voice

Setting voice reminders in Android is neat, but it's one of those processes that seems arbitrarily hobbled by the need to tap a button on the screen after you're done talking. Well, no more. Google has flipped a switch on the server side that makes the process work entirely by voice.

2014-05-23 14.59.44 2014-05-23 15.00.41 2014-05-23 15.00.48

The new behavior will ask you to confirm by voice after the notification card is generated. If you say "yes," the reminder is set and you're done. If you change your mind, just say no and you can make changes to the card and set it manually.

I've found the voice confirmation to be a little finicky, but the functionality is there. You shouldn't need to update anything to get this feature – it just works.

[Thanks, +Bora U]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Jephri

    Ok Google- remind me to try out your new reminders.

  • Hayden Lewis

    Just keeps getting better and better. Can't wait to see what's next. (Can't wait till toggling settings all by voice is implemented!)

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      Yeah, that is long overdue, isn't it?

  • JayEvans

    Finally!

  • Jarrod Davis

    Another new(?) thing: try saying, "What are my reminders?"

    • Simon Belmont

      Not sure if that is new. I never tried it.

      It does work, though. Nice find.

      • joser116

        It's definitely not a new thing. It's been around for as long as I can remember.

    • usaff22

      Doesn't work here. :( Maybe US only?

    • ddpacino

      This works even on Desktop Google (tried yesterday out of curiosity). I love that.

    • vgergo

      You can say "Play my notifications" if you install the app Touchless Notifications by DYNA Logix (~ What's up on MotoX) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.viczian.notifications.free

    • dobbsy

      Doesn't work for me, tho it understands what I'm saying. :(

    • Darin Andersen

      I just get Google Search Results. (moto x, touchless countrol v. 4.3.11.1)

  • Simon Belmont

    Neat. OK Google, now add reading back of notifications, texts, emails and dictated messages before sending, so that can all be done entirely by voice, too (without having to look at the phone).

    Hoping to see a big shift towards more hands-free like operation in the coming update to Android and OK Google everywhere. Star Trek computer, here we come.

    • Shawn

      Well put. I completely agree!

  • brkshr

    I'm betting that they are making sure their hands-free operations are up to snuff for Android Wearables.

  • Rama Raju Vegesna

    to confirm if I say "YES" it is taking as "S" and not working.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      Maybe it wants to cheer people up by having them yell YEEEES like one of those motivational coaches!

      Reminds me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvpsiIe2vBE

      =P

    • Insp_Gadget

      You don't have to say "Yes". If it doesn't understand "Yes", you can also say "Ok".

    • pfmiller

      Mine thinks I'm saying "Yahoo" every time I try it

    • geeq

      Works fine here

  • br_hermon

    I wondered if AP would catch this, I noticed it 1 or 2 days ago. Love that they keep adding functionality.

  • siddude11

    AAAAYYYEEEE.

  • Matthew Fry

    "I've found the voice confirmation to be a little finicky..."

    I've found that all voice based functionality in Google Now to be finicky to the point of not being worth the hassle.

    • joser116

      You need a phone with a better microphone and better noise cancelation

      • Justin W

        Moto X user here - haven't had an issue with voice recognition, even while listening to music and asking for something from my device in my pocket.

    • Simon Belmont

      It works great for me on my Nexus 5. I use it often, even doing voice commands from a several feet away after having placed my phone down to free up my hands for another task.

      Now they just need to make it use that low-power listening core so I don't even need the screen on to issue voice commands. Can't wait.

  • catherinekylie

    new reminders are here: http://bit.ly/1t2vqRW

  • numpty

    I still hate talking to inanimate objects. But not half as much as I'll hate listening to office, bus or train-loads of people doing it in future.

    • Justin W

      Don't worry, before too long you won't need to say anything for your device to know what you're thinking. Your device will be implanted in your head.

  • Microsoftjunkie

    Wow!

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    It doesn't work in Portuguese (pt-br).

  • Gabriel Seixas
  • Team Rocket

    Now Google can remind me to feed my kids.

    /s

    • joser116

      lol

  • Shawn

    When I set a reminder using Google Now ("Remind me to pickup milk at xxxx") the reminder is "To pickup milk" - anyone else having this problem? Why not just "pickup milk"?

    • geeq

      Nope, look

      • geeq

        Then it asks you if you want to set the reminder, by telling no, it cancels it - neat :-)

  • joser116

    There is also no longer a delay when telling Google Now to open an app.

    • Drago

      Was there a delay before? I think it always was pretty much instantaneous.

      For me it says "opening app" and immediately launches it. No delay.

      • joser116

        There was. Before, there was a loading bar. I have already given feedback to Google to just open the app instead of it saying "opening app". It should just open it the moment that it recognizes the command.

        • Simon Belmont

          Yeah, there was a fast moving loading bar before. Now that's gone.

          It still says "opening app" after you give the command, though. I don't mind that, so much, because it's an auditory cue that it's acknowledged your specific command.

          • joser116

            Yeah but I don't think that feedback is really needed unless you are driving. Its the equivalent of your phone saying "Opening app" after you touch an app's icon to open it.

          • Simon Belmont

            I find it useful for when I'm in the middle of something and I want an app to be open when I return to my phone. I'll say "Open app X" as I'm setting my phone down and looking away, it'll let me know that's happening.

            When I return to my phone, I unlock the screen and the app is open. It's a small convenience that works in my case, but I understand what you mean.

          • joser116

            But what about when you are not going to set it down and just want to open a hard to find app as fast as possible when you are already in the Google Now app? It wouldn't hurt NOT to be given feedback, but it WILL hurt if it does at the expense of time. It's just a little thing. Google was just like, let it speak back to you, its cool. Back when it WAS cool cause phones didn't do that before.

            I would just like the phone to get down to business. If you were staring at your phone, feedback is not necessary. If you are away from it, say, you are using the Moto X and can speak to it from afar, then it would be useful. This is one of those cases where sensors come in handy to know if you are using the phone in your hands or away from it, say in your pocket.

          • Simon Belmont

            As I already said above, I understand what you meant, and I'm not disagreeing with you. My use case scenario is obviously a very specific one, but I'm sure there are other ones where it makes sense to get an auditory cue (hands-free situations, etc).

            Should that cue always happen as it does now, like when you're already staring at the screen? Probably not, but my scenario isn't one where I'm staring at the screen. I mean we COULD just say, why bother with voice commands at all if we're already staring at the screen and If the app is hard to find, then put it on the home screen where it's easy to find. I get the need for expedience, and like I said above, I agree, but an auditory cue is useful in at least SOME situations, as I'm sure you'll agree.

          • joser116

            Yeah I agreed and agree with you, I just added more stuff.

  • Darren

    Is there a way to make this play some sort of audio alert? Setting a reminder is great but having it not actually remind me isnt all that great.

  • James_for_Today

    Okay Google Now... remind me to find the key to these handcuffs. (Now this is where this new wrinkle comes in handy!)

  • somercamb

    How is this considered NEW? I've been able to do reminders for several months now... As well as calendar appointments.

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