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How to use Siri on your Android phone right now

Android users can already ask Siri questions on their phone. Well, not Siri but something very, very similar. Google has voice search and it can be used in much the same way as Siri on the iPhone 4S. You can let it send text messages and emails by voice command. And you can search directions, set reminders etc. Just tap the microphone next to the google search area. If you don’t see a microphone on your phone you might have to download the Google Voice Search app from the Market.

Voice actions is only available if you have Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above and your device language must be set to english.

With Google Voice Search you can for instance say “listen to Coldplay” and it will start to play this music. It can also open up a website if you say for instance “open up Wikipedia”.

Why are most users not yet aware of this and using it daily? Maybe it’s because the assistant doesn’t have a name? It does actually work pretty good and it is useful in many situations. So, try it out!

If you want an even more advanced voice recognition assistant for your android phone, we recommend you try the Vlingo app. It can be used in much the same way as the Google Search by voice recognition you most likely already have installed on your android phone. But you can also use it to order stuff online like tickets for a movie. Order it by for instance saying “buy tickets to the Lion King 3D at 5”.

Voice recognition learn to recognise your voice over time, so at first it might not work perfectly.

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