Apple Demonstrates Voice Control for iPhone 3G S
In one of the more impressive demonstrations during the iPhone 3G S introduction, Apple showed off a new feature -- Voice Control.
To activate it, you hold down the "home" button (previously reserved for "force quit"). When you hear the sound, you're good to speak!
It can be used to make a call by saying either the name or number. Voice Control will repeat what you say for confirmation.
It can also be used to tell the iPod app to play a song, play a playlist, shuffle, activate Genius, or even tell you what song is currently playing.
Most impressive? It will be available in a ton of languages! (See full list after the break!)
- Chinese (Cantonese)
- Chinese (Mainland)
- Chinese (Taiwan)
- Dutch (Belgian)
- Dutch (Netherlands)
- English (Australian)
- English (UK)
- English (U.S.)
- French (Canada)
- French (France)
- Portuguese (Brazil)
- Portuguese (Portugal)
- Spanish (Mexico)
- Spanish (Spain)
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Plus, why would you have to ask what is now playing. It's..umm...playing..and you put it on there so you should know if you hear it.
Gimmick at best..
If I was just buying an iPhone, for the first time and found out this stuff had been added, I would have been like "oh, cool", but it's not worth me shelling out another several hundred dollars for these features.
I concur. This will be great for first time iPhone buyers. Get everything in one go.
For the iPhone 3G users...they obviously will have all this (sans compass and voice control) through jailbreaking and 3.0 update.
But you know it will sell like hotcakes.
When you look at that google APP can do with Voice search its really amazing, and really fast. I suspect they have a tad more processing power to draw upon tho...
2) On my 3G with vlingo I can say "call steve" to dial. I cannot control music with it, but I can also say "find mcdonalds" to look for food on google maps, or "search iphone" to google. vlingo's drawback is that as an app, not a system service, it has to be in the foreground, which kind of defeats the convenience purpose. Does Apple's voice control offer this, or just call and music controls?
3) The voice calling feature, at least, NEEDS to work with BT headsets and car kits. Otherwise, it will fail to serve the people who need it most.
The new one records video at VGA 30fps which is far more acceptable and the camera has been designed with both purposes in mind.
He could have just hit the green button, typed 'marge', and been done with it.
$99 entry price is only exciting news but i'm pretty sure everyone here has an iPhone so who cares?
Thanks for the $200 compass Apple.
don't agree with you; iphone 3GS is a new product, with a few new software features but also with new hardware (faster processor, faster connection speed, stronger battery etc) and don't think they made it for existing custumers. First of all they just want to expand their market shares... so, lower prices and all the amazing features (old&new) to attract new customers.
For existing customers, like me, just think if you would buy a new Mac Book or a new Mac Pro every time they make an upgrade. I wouldn't... my Mac Pro will last 2/3 years and so will do my iPhone 3G
Allthough, if AT&T were to lower the cost of the data plan and have some kind of trade-in program, I would reconsider. But when will that happen? Much less for a 2G owner.
I wonder how many other users out there are thinking about not upgrading just yet and keeping their original 2G like me. What do you guys think about that?
I have heard that Apple is planning on doing continuous updates on headset integration and other sorts of new features with the voice control app; the way its structured is too powerful to just leave for calling and music. They've probably got some wicked stuff in the works. But then again, it is Apple.....which probably means that only models 3GS and after will be able to access it. BLEH. Or it will be all hyped up and then epic fail. Double BLEH.
There is a standard protocol that other mobile phones use to let Bluetooth headsets dial by voice. It's puzzling that Apple did not choose to support it. I hope they change their minds.
While cycling, I could not safely push the home button or wear a wired headset. But I usually dial only one number during a ride. I call that number once before each ride and quickly hang up. During the ride, I use the Redial function on my Bluetooth headset to reach that number.
While driving, I use that same Redial trick to call the AT&T voice dial service. But always remembering to do that, and getting my entire Address Book into the service, isn't really feasible. That's the main reason I would like 3G S voice control.
TomTom plans to ship a car kit later this summer that includes a dashboard mount. Maybe it will retain the iPhone securely enough that it will be easy to push and hold the Home key without looking away from the road. If so, I may upgrade then.
Completely not worth it. A very poor design. And, yes, I am an English-speaker (native).
But the voice recognition is CRAP!
The worst thing is when you try to play a song
and it ends up CALLING some random person
from your Contacts. This alone makes the 'feature'
with the wired headset that comes with the phone it works great. 95% and it not how good you are speak english it's how good and clear and pronounce each sound. like andy and annie be sure to concentrate on the whatever. Also say call before name so it won't try to pay a song that's named andy.... when you like to play specific sound say play ... don't just speak a name. for other language I think you will have to switch you phone language as the default language. or spell our you contact fast and steady. like ABC, notice that I have a contact name zui long it will confirm by saying call z u i long? voice to call app? some is valid, like type out e-mail, note and other voice applicable program, but for webbrowsing you need your eye on it so voice it not ... but it would be great if whenever you are ask to type something you can choose do to voice input.
month ON TOP OF THAT (sorry i'm enjoying my
rant here). Does anyone have internet tethering?is it more competative then mobile broadband or whatever the men on the train call it with the thing in the USB thingmigigy?
Right, I think my little rant should end now. Wait. Not really little. Big rant.
I found this thread and had given it up as lost; glad I continued Googling until I found out that it now can!
When you look at that google APP can do with Voice search its really amazing, and really fast. I suspect they have a tad more processing power to draw upon tho…"
AND NOW YOU CAN...with the Dragon Dictator App that was just released (free)