Fun with Google Voice Search

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InsaneAudioSupport6
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Fun with Google Voice Search

Post by InsaneAudioSupport6 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:42 pm

With an Insane Audio head unit, your vehicle instantly becomes a smart car, and you can interact with your head unit's voice assistant to accomplish tasks with unprecedented ease and convenience, all behind the wheel. You can even handle some basic tasks without being connected to the Internet. Your Insane Audio's artificial intelligence is ready out of the box, and all you need is a Google account.

While Google’s voice assistant works with all of Insane Audio’s Android-based head units, this write-up is specific to Android 6.0 on the JK2001. To start, let's get the voice assistant standing by, waiting for your commands. Under Settings->Google->Search->Voice, enable "Ok Google" detection from any screen.

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Test it out by saying "OK Google". Then say "Open Radio".

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You can open any app like Insane NavEngine, Torque and InsaneEQ, even when your head unit is not connected to a Wi-Fi network. Suppose you're rolling along the trails, and you need to monitor your cameras. Just say "OK Google, open RockCam".

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Have you ever had an idea pop up in your head while you’re on your commute? Then jot it down by saying "OK Google, note to self" and then start dictating.

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Your Insane Audio head unit will remember the note, and when available, sync with Gmail over Wi-Fi.

How about a reminder? Then say something like "OK Google, remind me to change the oil in three months".

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Suppose you just got off a call, and now you need to save a meeting? Then say "OK Google, set up a meeting". You can even replace the word "meeting" for "appointment" or just plain "event".

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If you want to play music, your Insane Audio head unit gives you some options. Saying "OK Google, open Music" would start the Music app playing where you left off in your SD card or USB thumb drive.

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Saying "OK Google, open iPod" does the same if you have an iPod or iPhone connected.

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Of course, your Insane Audio head unit is more powerful when it's connected to the Internet. If you had already read our post about Spotify, then there's a chance you installed it. To make Spotify your active music player, say "OK Google, open Spotify".

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Then you can say something like "OK Google, play Stairway to Heaven", where you replace "Stairway to Heaven" with the title of your favorite song. A more reliable command would be "OK Google, play Stairway to Heaven with Spotify" to prevent a competing app like Google Play Music from taking control of the "play" command.

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From now on, you can just say "OK Google, play [song] by [artist]" and Spotify will start playing music. No typing or scrolling!

This works with various other music players like Google Play Music and BlackPlayer, another popular Android MP3 player. If it’s installed, then make BlackPlayer your active music player by saying "OK Google, open BlackPlayer".

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Follow that with a command like "OK Google, play Daft Punk" where "Daft Punk" can be any artist or album or a specific song title in your library.

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No need to comb through a long listing of files.

You can search for video, too! If you installed YouTube, say "OK Google, play the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer with YouTube".

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You do need the Internet for the voice assistant to recognize the names of titles, artists, and albums. So when you’re ready, you can say "OK Google, turn on Wi-Fi" to connect to an available network.

The voice assistant is a powerful complement to your Insane Audio head unit. Sure, its touch screen display is smooth and responsive, but now you can keep your hands on the wheel, and speak naturally with your Insane Audio head unit!
Last edited by InsaneAudioSupport6 on Fri May 11, 2018 8:26 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Fun with Google Assistant

Post by InsaneAudioSupport » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:53 am

Just a quick note that Google continues to push out new updates to their Google Assistant just about every day. It's probably because they just released a new line of Google Home products and they are doing quite a bit of marketing behind them. This is great because we continue to get new features on our Insane Audio head units for free... but sometimes it introduces a little instability.

We noticed that a few of their updates were buggy and then were fixed the next day with yet another update. So... as a general rule of thumb, we recommend turning off the auto-update feature within the Google Play store and only installing updates yourself when you want to so you don't end up having something not work when you expect it to.

Also, if you do run into a problem with Google search, simply go to settings -> apps and disable the Google app. This will pop up a prompt asking if you want to remove updates and revert back to the factory version. That'll always get you back to a clean state!

Have fun!

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Re: Fun with Google Voice Search

Post by InSaNeAuDiOSupport5 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:02 am

Here's another update on this topic...

We've found from our experiences that the Google Assistant keeps improving as we continue using it. There's a lot of AI running in the background that analyzes what and how we speak, and builds on our interests based on our google searches, email content, etc. to get the Google Assistant's responses correct.

We've found that while "open radio" will work for some users, saying "launch radio" would probably work better for many users. "Launch" should be a better keyword to open an app.

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