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70 things to try with Google's Android 4.1 Voice Search

JR Raphael | Aug. 10, 2012
Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean release is chock full of sweet features. Perhaps the most attention-grabbing addition of all, though, is a scrumptious little thing called Voice Search.

"What time is it in London?"

"What time zone is Milwaukee in?"

"When is the sunset tonight?"

"When's the sunrise in Australia?"

"When is Father's Day?"

Flights

If you or someone you know is traveling, the Jelly Bean Voice Search tool has you covered.

You can simply say an airline and flight number -- "United 465," for example -- and Voice Search will show and tell you the flight's current status.

You can ask a more detailed question, like "When does American Airlines flight 1 arrive?" and Google will pop up a graphic with all the flight's info while speaking the most relevant bits aloud.

You can even just ask if a particular flight is on time, if that's all you want to know.

Stocks

Watching the stock market? Try asking your Android 4.1 device for updates on your investments.

The easiest way to get stock updates is to hit your device's microphone button and say the letters of the stock code you're curious about. Say "G-O-O-G," for example, and Voice Search will show you a graphic of the current state of Google's stock while reading the trading level aloud.

You can also say "Google stock" or ask a question like "What's Google stock trading at today?" to get the same type of information.

Conversions and calculations

Put away your formulas and calculators: Google's Jelly Bean Voice Search is ready and willing to do all the dirty work for you. The system can handle most any math-related question you throw its way -- queries like:

"What's 5812 times 247?"

"What's 19.4 percent of 240.37?"

"What's 14 inches in millimeters?"

"What's 12 in hexadecimal?"

"What's 78 U.S. dollars in Euros?"

Just don't forget to say thank you.

Phone calls

It's easy to forget that these cool little computers we all carry around are actually phones. When you need to make a call, though, fear not: Voice Search has your back.

You can say "call" followed by the name of anyone in your contact list to have the system place a call for you; if you have more than one number stored for a person, you can say the type of number you want -- "mobile," "home," or "work" -- after the person's name to specify which entry should be used.

You can also have Voice Search look up and then dial any number you need. You might say "Call McDonald's on Third Street," for example, or "Call the Hilton in Downtown Chicago."

Directions

Android's native navigation system is fully integrated with Jelly Bean Voice Search. Just tell your tablet or phone where you need to go, and get as specific as you want:

 

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