We have more than 100 voice commands that you can try on Google Now, we will dig on them by categories.
Google Now is not as chat-y as Apple’s Siri or Microsoft Cortana but it has its own perks. The silent search app does its job pretty well and once you have set it up properly -you can be sure that it wont let you down.
Voice search feature on Google Now is excellent, it is also improving day-by-day. Just like You activate siri by saying “hey siri’ and cortana by “hey Cortana”, you can activate it by just saying “OK Google”.
“Remind me [when I get / next time I’m at] [home / work / other location] [to call John]”
“Set an alarm at [7 AM]”
“Remind me to [call John] at [9 PM]”
“Note to self: [The sun rises in the east]”
“Wake me up in [5 hours]”
“Set a timer for [2 Hours]”
“When’s my [next meeting]?”
“What is my schedule for [today]?”
“Create a calendar event: [meeting with HR] [Sunday at 3 PM]”
Calls and SMS
“Listen to voicemail”
“Send [email] to [Jack], [Subject: Delay in Project], [Message: Re-scheduled to 5PM]”
“Send [SMS] to [Jack], [get in here soon]”
“Call [mom / dad / wife / uncle / aunt …]” (You need to add relationship to contact)
“Call [BIMR Hospital]”
“Find [Jack’s] [phone number / email / address]”
“Take a [picture / photo / selfie]”
“Record a video”
“Launch [Google Play Music]”
“Do a barrel roll”
“Tilt / Askew”
“What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?”
“What’s the loneliest number?”
“What is the nature of the universe?”
“Make me a sandwich!”
“Lions, and Tigers, and Bears…”
“When does the narwhal bacon?”
“Sudo, make me a sandwich!”
“How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.”
“Beam me up, Scotty!”
“Up up down down left right left right”
“Go go gadget [app name]”
“When am I?”
“What is the Bacon number of [random actor]?”
“What does the fox say?”
“Who’s on first?”
“Who are you?”
These were all the native commands on Google Now, keep in mind that other apps can have their own set of commands for Google Now, such as you can say “send a message to Jack on WhatsApp” and it will work just as well.
Apart from these, do you know any other Google Now Voice Command? if yes, please share with us in the comments below.
On spec side, Priv seems to be beefy enough. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC which has a 1.8GHz dual-core and a 1.44 GHz quad-core processor clusters. Supporting the processor is 3 GB of RAM.
On the display department the Blackberry Priv has 5.4″ Real estate area which has 2560 x 1440 resolution. The AMOLED Screen has pixel density of 540PPI which is fairly impressive.
Storage side there is only one choice for users. The phone has 32GB on onboard internal memory and in case of shortage, it is expandable up-to 2TB using a microSD card. (It sounds like a little too much, but this is what the site says)
BlackBerry Priv has a 18MP rear shooter and a 2 mega pixel camera for Video calls.
CEO John Chen was demonstrating the phone features and design at an event and it was just embarrassing for him. He tried to launch Google Chrome Browser, After tapping the icon on BlackBerry Priv for the first time, nothing happened. After tapping it twice more, The app finally opened and it was not yet configured.
It was a good example that before giving demonstration of any product, everyone should make preparations. Chen was not ready for the demo (it seems because the phone was not configured with a Google account) however, not being able to speak the right name of Google’s Operating system is definitely embarrassing. John said that the phone “Runs Google” all time in demo.
Microsoft Office for iPad Pro will not be free to use. Users can download the apps from App store on iPad, but functionality will be reduced for Microsoft Office for iPad users.
Microsoft has always charged everyone for its desktop suits, be it for Windows or Mac OS X whereas apps for Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS and its own Windows Phones were free to create and edit documents.
Well, that will not be happening with the new iPad Pro. Microsoft Office for iPad Pro will not be free to use. Users can download the apps from App store on iPad, but functionality will be reduced for Microsoft Office for iPad users unless they sign in with their Office 365 subscription. Documents can be viewed and printed for free but to create or edit them you must have a subscription of Microsoft Office 365.
Why iPad Pro won’t have Free Microsoft Office?
the reason of Microsoft office for iPad not being free is dead simple. Microsoft does not count any device having more than 10.1″ screen size as a mobile device. iPad Pro has a 12.9″ screen which is bigger than the accepted limit. Whereas other iPads and iPhones do not cross the size barrier which is why they are free to use. Even as Apps for iPad do not have all features of their a desktop counterparts, Microsoft require you to have a Office 365 subscription to edit and create documents.
Microsoft Office 365 costs $6.99 monthly or $99.99 per year, and it gives user 1TB of OneDrive storage and 60 Skype Minutes per month along with the permission of installing Microsoft Office suite in upto 5 devices.
Considering it not being a bad deal, Microsoft hopes that iPad Pro sales will also result in more Office 365 Subscribers.
RIM seems to have a plan to fight back with its first ever Android Powered Smartphone. BlackBerry is calling it BlackBerry Priv.
BlackBerry was always a pioneer in making mobile phones for Professionals. Although since the release of iPhone in 2007 and the rise of google’s Open Source Android, RIM has always found himself in Troubles. Most of the time people have criticised it for its app ecosystem and Operating System. Now RIM seems to have a plan to fight back with its first ever Android Powered Smartphone. BlackBerry is calling it BlackBerry Priv.
Current CEO of BlackBerry John Chen cleared out the name of the Phone and also stated that the phone will hit the market within this year.
Today, I am confirming our plans to launch Priv, an Android device named after BlackBerry’s heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy. Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform.”
BlackBerry Priv has some unique things
Whatever anyone thinks about Priv when he sees the phone, but one thing can be seen for sure – Blackberry believes strongly in QWERTY keypads. Blackberry Priv – just like most of the blackberry phones – packs a full dedicated QWERTY keypad that is made via slider mechanism. Priv is using Android Lollipop OS version 5.1.1
In shooting departments Priv packs a 18MP rear shooter and a 5MP front facing camera.
Although Company is using Android in the Blackberry Priv, BlackBerry has clarified that they are not abandoning the Blackberry 10 OS.
Whatsapp –a cross platform messaging client has recently launched calling support for Android devices.
Whatsapp –a cross platform messaging client has recently launched calling support for Android devices. iOS and Windows Phone support is also expected to arrive soon, apart from that there are rumors that Whatsapp may now come with Video Calling support in near future. All these implementations are generally good for customers unless telecom companies try to stop them using their dirty tricks.
What can be impact of Whatsapp calling?
Most people own smartphone and most of them are using Whatsapp –considering millions of installations from play store. We should not forget that there are other apps and websites as well who provide free calling services. Some notable of them are: Viber, Skype and most remarkably Facebook. Using Facebook messenger you can make audio calls and by using the site on a desktop you can make free video calls as well. The main point is that Whatsapp calling is not revolutionary. Personally I prefer Messenger calling more than Whatsapp calling. The logic is simple in my case: Facebook is more widely used than Whatsapp and also it does not requires the receiver to update to latest version of messenger.
In other countries and more developed areas of India where everyone has a 3G or Fast Wi-Fi access available, Whatsapp or other calling is a lifesaver. In other most of the areas of India where a lot of people are still stuck with grandma age slow 2G, VoIP calling is just Hokum.
Although this case is changing rapidly in India and also in other developing countries. People are getting faster Wi-Fi in their workplaces and also in their homes. There is growth in 3G and 4G coverage in India. As network will become faster, naturally people will go for VoIP Calls and Video Chats.
Mobile Operators are in panic because of WhatsApp
Most of mobile network operators are in panic because of Whatsapp and other VoIP calling. Still I strongly think that they are acting like a giant douches. Instead of acting smartly and providing a better alternative they are trying to charge people for Whatsapp and other VoIP services,
Mobile Operators, people are starting to hate you
Honestly I have not met any person in last year who said that X mobile network is best. Instead of providing a smart choice they are providing stupid plans and increasing Data prices in every couple of month.
Now in these situations they need to change their business model, instead of just increasing data charges they can make Voice plans cheaper. That can be life savior for mobile network providers if they start subscription based service, like an example: one tablet, one phone and one Wi-Fi with unlimited data at price of 3000 per month per customer, if there was such kind of plan I will certainly go for it as I spend 1K every month just for my 3G internet plan. This kind of services can be win win for both –the provider and also for customer.
What do you think about VoIP and Mobile network providers? Do share with us through comments.