An Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch gives you direct access to Google Now and the more sophisticated Google Personal Assistant. You just have to say “OK Google” to your watch and then give it a command.
But even though this is such a powerful tool, not everybody makes use of the full range of Android Wear 2.0 voice commands. So, we’ve outlined the some of the most useful ways you can use OK Google to make your life a little easier. Here are the voice command categories that can help you get more out of your smartwatch.
Android Wear 2.0’s connection to Google makes it adept at general knowledge questions. You can use it the same way you would a regular Google search, and it will read you back the answer.
Google’s knowledge graph has a huge database of facts from every discipline, including pop culture, history, science, geography, and everything else a quiz show might ask you about. For example, you can ask it, “Who played James Bond in For Your Eyes Only?” and it will inform you that he was portrayed by Roger Moore. Or you can ask, “What is Thomas Edison’s Birthday?” and discover that he was born on February 11, 1847.
You can also ask for modern, up-to-the minute information. For example, you can ask “what’s the weather like in” plus the name of any city.
Texting And Calling
There are two ways to send texts via Android Wear 2.0. First, you can say “send text” or “call.” Your smartwatch will then prompt you to identify the person you want to call. Alternatively, you can just say “text” or “call” followed by the person you want to contact. If you have multiple phone numbers under the same name, it will prompt you to identify the right number.
If you prefer, you can also use your smartwatch to dictate an email by saying “send email” and following the prompts. It’s not practical for long emails, but it’s surprisingly effective for short notes.
Almost all modern Android Wear smartwatches have a GPS sensor, which can be a godsend if you’re an unfamiliar area. If you have your home set in Google Maps, the voice command “directions home” will give you turn-by-turn directions.
You can also scope out your area. If you want to enjoy the best local cuisine from the Indochinese peninsula, then say, “Thai restaurants near me.” It will show you a handful of the closest Thai restaurants with links to more information.
You can also ask for specific information about stores. For example, you can say, “What time does Best Buy close?” and it will assume you’re talking about the store that’s closest to you.
There are several apps that will allow you to use voice commands specific to them. For example, the command “note to self” can connect to the note-taking app Evernote.
You can also instantly access Google Play Music just by saying “play music.” It will select a random playlist. If you have a particular artist in mind, just say “play” and the name of the musician.
Google Fit has several voice commands that allow you to start workouts and access your information. If you say “show me my steps,” you can see how far you’ve walked that day.
If there’s an Android Wear app you want to access through voice, check its documentation to see if there are any special voice commands you can use with it.
Scheduling And Alarms
Through Google calendar, you can add and remove items to your schedule. For example, you can say, “Schedule a meeting with Bob for tomorrow at 10 in the morning.” It will schedule an item called “Meeting With Bob” the following morning from 10 to 11 a.m. It will also automatically remind you 10 minutes before the event.
If you want to see your schedule for tomorrow, you can say, “Show me my schedule for tomorrow.” Your watch can even pinpoint specific events. For example, if you say “show me my next meeting,” it will search your calendar for the next item with the word “meeting” in it and display the event.
You can set an alarm just by saying “set an alarm for” and the time you want it to go off.
Android Wear 2.0 voice commands also make it easy to keep track of games. You can ask, “How are the Dodgers doing?” and it will tell you the score of a game in progress. You can also learn about a team’s schedule by asking something like, “When is the next Chicago Bulls game?”
How do you use Android Wear voice commands? Share your favorite commands in the comments.