Google Now: Hidden features unlocked by your voice in Android

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Teaching Google Now your relationship to contacts

You can help Google Now connect a relationship to each person in your contact list by a very simple, familiar process: talking.

For example, you could say:

  • “Cindy is my wife.”
  • “My boss is John Doe.”
  • “Victor is my cousin.”
  • “Lisa Smith is my cousin.”

Google Now will look at the contact data available on your device, and respond by either:

  • Confirming the relationship: “Your wife is Cindy Jones.”
  • Asking for more detail when your contacts offer more than one possibility:
    • “There are 3 entries for the name Cindy: Which is correct?”
    • The three contacts appear in a numbered list by full name:
      1. Cindy Brady
      2. Cindy Vasquez
      3. Cupcakes By Cindy
    • You can say the number for your wife’s full name, and the relationship is set by Google.

Why do this?

After a relationship is defined, you can use more natural phrases when talking to Google Now. The following examples would all produce the same result, but the first is how most of us talk to each other:

  • “Remind me to meet my wife at 6pm tomor row
  • Why doesn’t Google Now just know this stuff?

We take for granted that our brains are optimized to seek patterns, find connections and classify things by the traits unique to it. The human mind binds information it collects to learned as well as natural hierarchies, and changes the ‘container’ for a piece of information when its context is changed by something new or better understood.

Excluding advanced Machine Learning systems and the giant processing platforms few of us use regularly, mainstream databases and computers, unfortunately, need data relationships to be defined, connected and described on both ends using the same criteria.

Even then, the data it has must be accurate to be manipulated properly: if a column in a table named “Birthplace” is filled erroneously with the city names that are actually the current address, any attempt to count the number of births by city in a data set will be partially accurate, frequently wrong, and any subsequent analysis that references that bad data will also be skewed or useless.

by swiping to the Google Now screen, selecting voice recognition, and explaining to your Android device how some people, places and things have nicknames specific to you.

You may define many at once, or teach Android incrementally, or even change and remove contact-nickname pairs you created.

Once a relationship is added, you can call, text, or email the person using their nickname.

Add a nicknA

dd relationships to your contacts

You can specify a relationship to each person in your contact list. Once a relationship is added, you can call, text, or email the person using their nickname.

Add a nickname

Open the Google app .

Touch the microphone icon microphone icon or say “Ok Google,” then say a nickname for one of your contacts. For example, “Diane is my mom.”

If you have multiple contacts with the same first name, pick the correct person.

Touch Add nickname.

Once the nickname is added, you can contact them by saying things like “Text my sister” or “Email my mom.”

Nicknames you can use

Mother/Mom/Mama/Mum

Father/Dad/Daddy

Brother

Sister

Partner

Grandfather/Grandpa/Granddad

Grandmother/Grandma

Wife

Husband

Son

Daughter

Niece

Nephew

Uncle

Aunt

Cousin

Assistant

Manager/Boss

Girlfriend

Boyfriend

Remove a nickname

To remove a nickname for a contact, tell Google that the contact shouldn’t go with that nickname. For example, “Jeff is not my boyfriend.”

Once the contact appears, touch Remove nickname.

Availability

This feature is only available if your Google app language is set to English.ame

Open the Google app .

Touch the microphone icon microphone icon or say “Ok Google,” then say a nickname for one of your contacts. For example, “Diane is my mom.”

If you have multiple contacts with the same first name, pick the correct person.

Touch Add nickname.

Once the nickname is added, you can contact them by saying things like “Text my sister” or “Email my mom.”

Nicknames you can use

Mother/Mom/Mama/Mum

Father/Dad/Daddy

Brother

Sister

Partner

Grandfather/Grandpa/Granddad

Grandmother/Grandma

Wife

Husband

Son

Daughter

Niece

Nephew

Uncle

Aunt

Cousin

Assistant

Manager/Boss

Girlfriend

Boyfriend

Remove a nickname

To remove a nickname for a contact, tell Google that the contact shouldn’t go with that nickname. For example, “Jeff is not my boyfriend.”

Once the contact appears, touch Remove nickname.

Availability

This feature is only available if your Google app language is set to English.

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