I have a Motorola Electrify M, recently factory-OTA-updated to Android 4.1.2. With the update came Google Now and the Google Voice Dialer.
Google's Voice Dialer sucks! It always get the name wrong, and then immediately places a call to the wrong person! It doesn't even ask for confirmation of the name, and to top it off the voice it uses is so irritating and LOUD it makes me want to jump out the window while driving down the freeway!
The Voice Commands app that originally came with the phone worked reasonably well, and I'd like to get it back (or even a third party app, like Dragon Assist, would be better than the current POS that's taken over the voice capabilities of my phone).
How can the Google Voice Dialer be disabled or uninstalled?
Okay, I figured out how to set the good ol' Voice Commands app as the default voice commands interface. It has to be done while not connected to a hands free device via Bluetooth.
In my case a prompt appeared asking me to select the default app to handle voice commands. Thereafter, it's used the correct Voice Commands app when connected via Bluetooth.
For those who wanted to know how to disable Google Now, here's how it's done:
I agree the Google Voice Dialer is horrible! I was able to restore the Android Voice Commands on my Droid Razr Maxx by doing the following:
This is probably all you need to do, but I went about it probably the wrong way by also doing the following.
The next time I pressed my BlueTooth Call button, it asked if I want to complete it with My MotoSpeak or Voice Commands, either Always or Just Once. I selected Always it works again!
I have a Motorola Droid, was getting great voice dialing using my BT Voyager Pro via the "Voice Commands" app (same as Mic Icon) but after the Android 4.2 update, Google Voice was activated and was a disaster.
To fix this I went to Settings > Apps> Google search and deactivated it. This fixed my voice dialing problem (went back to "Voice Commands") but the search (magnifying glass icon) on my phone went dead. I then went to the Android store and downloaded/installed the new "Google Search" app. When I used voice dialing for the first time, it gave me the option of either using Voice Commands (mic icon) or Google Voice (I think a read icon). I chose the first one and now it works as before. The search button is also working as intended.
Settings > Apps> Google search
The above may sound trivial, but when one is driving and wants to make a call, having to hold your phone to type the number after 5 failed attempts to voice dial is the last thing you want to do.
The method above works, or did for me -- disable Google, but I found out later that while it still lets Google work as a search engine (or does for me), it killed Maps which means you can't use Navigation. If you want to re-enable Google, follow the same steps: Setting, Apps, All, then scroll to the bottom and you'll find the disabled Google. Re-enable and Maps works but you're back to the horrible Google Voice Dialer. It's either/or (good voice dial or maps/nav) until Google fixes the operating system.
My wife is contemplating an Android phone, and loved the demo she saw of VLingo on a Blackberry. I keep noting that this is all built in and free on Android. I imagine since they are cross coding anyway, might as well offer it for Android at least (It IS offered for Android, as well as iPhone and Blackberry).
So a couple of things:
What are the differences between VLingo and the built in functionality?
Are there other alternatives?
I like the Google technology currently used, and am playing with VLingo on my Blackberry, and am not so impressed yet. I am waiting to be wowed.
I tried VLingo for a while on my Evo and wasn't impressed. It did not seem to offer any value to me above that provided by the built-in voice actions. I uninstalled it after trying it for a couple of months.