What are Google Now's restrictions?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by cnguyen0320, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. cnguyen0320 macrumors regular

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    Siri is restricted by poor search capabilities, no system access, voice recognition isn't the best, taking too long, and just plain out sucking. What are Google Now's restrictions? In other words, what doesn't it do that you want it to?
     
  2. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    The only thing it does is searches... So everything. You do know Siri can launch apps right?
     
  3. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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  4. cnguyen0320 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, i launch apps all the time when I'm driving. I really love Google Now's ability to bring up google searches if there is no answer which is great. I really hate Siri when it takes forever to bring up results or when it just cannot understand me at all.
     
  5. jamojamo macrumors 6502

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    You should really learn more about Google Now...

    Open Evernote
    Open Gmail
    Open Wikipedia
    Open app Sky Drive
    ...

    Just a small sample I tried.

    You get the picture.

    I really wish both sides, yes the OP too, would stop trolling each other. It's really getting boring more than annoying now.

    We get it. Your phone choice is awesome and all others suck horribly. Can we move on now?
     
  6. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Forgot it can do navigation, but the rest is all searches. It needs to be able to create notes, reminders, set alarms, create events

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    I swear I tried a lot of those commands to no avail. Like setting an alarm :(
     
  7. mathi-vadhanan macrumors member

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    No future date reminders.

    You can't set a reminder/alarm for future dates.

    It has several useful cards that are not in SIRI though. Like location and traffic based alerts for upcoming appointments.
     
  8. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    Notes & Reminders
    Commands:

    - “Remind me to <task> at <time>”

    - “Wake me up in <time>”

    - “<action> at <time>”

    - “Self note to <message>”

    - “Set alarm for <time>”



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  9. cnguyen0320 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not trolling? I'm asking for restrictions on Google Now so I can decide if it is better for me than Siri. I think Siri is good but it lacks (a lot). I know Google Now is good at understanding dictation and "getting it right" but I want to know what it can't do: phone calls? text?

    Just trying to make a decision.
     
  10. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    But it does everything else fine?

    Not sure what's going on then...

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    Full list here (it's quite extensive): http://www.addictivetips.com/android/google-now-commands-smart-cards-list/

    Contact & Communication
    Commands:

    - “Call <contact>”

    - “Send <message> to <contact> via text”

    - “<contact name>” (shows the contact card)

    - “Call <contact/place> in <location>”

    - “Send a text to <contact> <message>”

    - “Email to <contact>, B C C <contact(s)>, Subject <subject>, message <message>”



    Examples:

    “Send email to Aatif Khan, Subject, post fix, Message, I have completed fixing my own posts”
    “Call KFC in Brooklyn, New York”
    “Send SMS to dad mobile please call me A S A P”
    “Call help center”
    “Send I cannot come right now to Carl via text”
    Note: Google Now voice commands can be used to place calls in offline mode, too.



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  11. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Ahh maybe I tried to set one for the next day

    I don't have it anymore, but would like someone to confirm some of these commands. I was pretty sure a lot listed on that link do not work
     
  12. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    I posted pics. Are they not good enough for you? You ask so much of me! :(
     
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Haha those are pics from that link. I felt like everything I tried to do aside from searches did not work.
     
  14. cnguyen0320 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh thanks very much :)
     
  15. 12dylan34 macrumors 6502a

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    I watched the video about it the other day and this seems like a useful feature.

    Slightly unrelated to the thread, but one thing that gets me about Android is how complicated and complex the whole system is. Which phone do I buy if I want all of the features available on Android, like Google Now? It seems like it has a lot of great stuff, but it depends heavily what phone you buy as to what features you get. Correct me if I'm wrong, but there is no such thing as the "best" Android experience because all of the manufacturers are fighting by throwing the latest gimmicks and tricks into their new phones like the "touch phones to transfer" thing in the GS III.

    Is that what the Nexus phones are?
     
  16. cnguyen0320 thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah Nexus phones give you the best of Android. However, Samsung's S-beam, for example, is really great and not available on Nexus phones. Nexus phones can do the same thing, it just isn't as seamless I think.
     
  17. jamojamo macrumors 6502

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    All of these work on my Nexus 7 running 4.2 stock

    First 3 items set alarms with the description you speak.
    Fourth item sends an email to yourself (not as nice as the Notes App on iOS in my opinion but it works)
    Fifth item of course sets an alarm.

    The one big thing I've come across is the alarms and reminders on date other than the current date. Google Now can't do it. You can create an event for a future date though.
     
  18. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Thanks. I knew I tried an alarm and it didn't work. Siri voice recognition definitely needs to take after google now....it is insanely accurate.
     
  19. 12dylan34 macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, thanks for that. My next phone might run Android.
     
  20. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    I would definitely go with the nexus line b.c very few phones have jellybean....giving you access to google now
     
  21. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    The only major difference between the two is that it really isn't conversational, like Siri is.
     

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