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Google Assistant & Voice recognition on Android

by Anonymous on ‎04-05-2018 19:32 - last edited on ‎09-05-2018 11:03 by (37,240 Views)

OK Google : Hard to say, Harder to use? Not Necessarily!


OK Google : but I prefer use Alexa, Cortana or Siri or prefer typing.

Also saying OK Google makes me feel stupid.


Fair point but you have to take two things into account firstly,  & increasingly the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) will mean that the only way of controlling our devices will be by using our voice. And secondly look at this graph.

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Android now have 90% penetration of the global smartphone market, so when Mr Samsung is designing the connectivity processes for his new IOT connected fridge range, it's unlikely he’ll be approaching Apple, Amazon or Microsoft to licence closed source proprietary tech, when he can use technology he already owns.

That is a slimmed down Android /Linux processor.

Now Alexa might be able to interact with the IoT fridge, but you can be damn sure that the device you're already holding in your hand also made by Samsung will be able to.


So time to grasp the nettle.

Firstly see if you have an eligible handset/tablet - the best way of checking this out is to touch the home button (circle) with a long press or swipe up. If you are enabled for Google Assistant then you will see the following on your screen.



Now touch the microphone and say ‘say something' , assuming the media volume is turned up then you should hear your Google assistant talking to you.



Next you need to train your Google assistant to recognise your voice by saying OK Google or perhaps Hey Google so touch the microphone again and say 'Google Assistant Settings.'


This will take you the settings page where you can go into > voice match to train your assistant to recognise "OK Google" and perhaps "Hey Google" , or you can hit > phone then OK Google detection. Once you have trained it, the Assistant will open the page as in the picture above but without you having to press any buttons.

Yet another way of accessing the settings page is to swipe left from your homepage and use the Google Feed page, three dots at top right. You will arrive at exactly the same page as you would have letting Google assistant find it for you.


Ok Google OK Google but I wanted to do it myself!!
Your wishes are irrelevant!


Yet another way to access the settings is if you download the Google Assistant App from Play Store which on Android does very little but to get you to the settings page again. They had to release it tho, as they wrote one for iOS that actually does stuff. Ironically the only way you can't access these settings is through the Google Settings page under settings.


The Google feed and the Google assistant are somewhat inter-actively linked, as are Gmail, Calendar and Contacts. So you may want to tinker with the settings to suit your preferences, and discover eventually just how much information Google stores about your online activities. 😵

on ‎04-05-2018 19:48
on ‎04-05-2018 20:24

@Bambino wrote:

Google is my friend...https://support.google.com/assistant/?hl=en#topic=7391797

You've made my day @Bambino ... ... ... with 'Google is my friend' ... ... ... how often did you 'say' to me that phrase ... ... ... ?

*chuckling, with a handsome smile on my face* Smiley Happy

by Anonymous
on ‎04-05-2018 21:23

@Bambino wrote:

Google is my friend...https://support.google.com/assistant/?hl=en#topic=7391797

Not my friend. http://bfy.tw/HyyR 😠


Four fruitless hours trying to configure Google Assistant and VR on both Private Space and Main Space on my Huawei, 4 rounds of setting and deleting private space, accounts, permissions and apps. A chat to Huawei Tech Support and the best I could do was get both sides to run assistant with no OK Google voice recognition. Prior to that one side was nausing up the others settings and neither worked.  I did set up Huawei's Emy assistant to respond to "Wake Up Emy"  in Chinese tho. 😝

‎04-05-2018 21:42 - edited ‎04-05-2018 21:43

Last time I tried that, it worked for about 5 mins before realised I have no use for it. Then it decided to react to everyone else at random times especially on the OK google advert that came on the radio in the car. Easy fix was to stop listening to commercial radio and getting an iPhone! Siri remains off.


Sheepdog in "Press the big red button, it always has some effect" mode


on ‎09-05-2018 20:06

I must catch up here on this discussion, @Anonymous@, but wondered if you'd let your phone call some business and make an appointment for you?


This is from Google i/o yesterday, and is quite interesting to see... The first short demo starts about a minute or so in.