Launch Google Now Using Your Voice on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Samsung has taken advantage of the Android's power, when they introduced S Voice. S Voice allows you to give your phone specific commands to follow. This brilliant idea has made using Android devices different from other smart phones. Realizing the popularity and effectiveness of S Voice, Google has upped the ante and made a "Virtual Assistant" out of your phone under the application, "Google Now". Aside from the usual type-keywords-and-search functions, Google Now allows you to search for keywords using your voice. The application also allows you to give voice commands to your phone, in the same way S Voice does. This allows you to take control of your phone with minimal touches.

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How Does Google Now Work?

Google Now works by going to the application and tapping on the microphone to allow voice commands. When you tap on the microphone and issue Get to Google Now on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and your device should respond accordingly. What you might not know is there is a way to use Google Now completely "hands-free". You can simply say "OK Google" and your phone will interpret it the same way as when you tap the microphone icon on Google Now. This way, you can continue with your tasks without even touching your phone.

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Launch Google Now Using Your Voice

To launch Google Now using your voice, you need to open Google Now on your phone first. From there, enable "Hotword" detection under "Settings", in order for your phone to recognize the command, "OK Google". These next two sections will help you launch Google Now on your device - using your voice.

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Open Google Now

Before you go to settings, you need to open Google Now first. Follow these steps to get to Google Now:

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    Go to your Note3's Home screen by tapping on the Home button or the Back key a few times on your device.
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    From your Note3's Home screen, press and hold on the Menu button (lower-left soft key) to open Google Now.
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    Google Now is successfully open.
    Now you can do searches, use Google Now cards, and issue voice commands to your phone.
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    Simply touch on the microphone icon to start your search or give orders to your phone.
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    You have just learned how to open Google Now.
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Enable Hotword ("OK Google") To Launch Google Now

Once you are on the Google Now application, you can set it up to recognize the Hot Word, "OK Google". This Hot Word allows the phone to recognize the command as the triggering words for Google Now usage. To enable Hotword, follow these steps:

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    With your Google Now application open, press the Menu key once to view available Google Now options.
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    From the list, tap on "Settings".
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    From the list of available settings, tap on "Voice" under Search & Now Cards.
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    Make sure you set the Language to "English (US)".
    This will make sure your phone is more responsive to people with an American/English accent.
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    Once the language has been set to English (US), put a check mark on the box to the right of the "Hotword Detection" option to allow your phone to recognize the trigger words, "OK Google", to launch Google Now.
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    Speak the words, "OK Google" followed by the search or voice command to trigger your phone to perform your desired actions.
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    You are done launching "Google Now" using your voice on Note3.
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Disable Hotword ("OK Google") to Launch Google Now

If you aren't interested in using "S Voice", or "Google Now", having these functions won't be necessary. Turning off the feature when not in use can save life on your battery. To disable Hotword detection, follow these steps:

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    With your Google Now application open, press the Menu key once to view available Google Now options.
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    From the list, tap on "Settings".
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    From the list of available settings, tap on "Voice" under Search & Now Cards.
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    Remove the check mark on the box to the right of "Hotword Detection" option.
    Now the trigger words "OK Google", will not activate Google Now. If Hotword detection is turned off, you need to tap on the microphone icon again to give commands.
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