I was just thinking instead of having to go into an application for voice control wouldnt it be cool if it was activated by using a gesture. The gesture that I thought of was swiping from the bottom up in any of the app trays or active frame screen.
- 12-10-12, 11:39 AM #2
I'm pretty sure it's currently set to be activated by holding down the "mute" key. Issue with what you're saying is this... Swiping from the bottom up in any of the app trays or active frame screen leads to peek, when can then be used to access the HUB.. Why would they confuse the user experience by randomly changing the action of a swipe from the bottom up only on the main screens. I'm sorry, but I disagree with that, don't think I'll be using voice commands THAT much, it's more of a nestalgia kinda thing, like Siri.. People mainly use it to mess around.. Only occasionally do they use it for it's main purpose. That being said, holding down a hardware key to access it is more than fine for what it is.
- 12-10-12, 12:17 PM #3
Voice control is actually very useful for some. I am just getting used to Jelly Bean but it already is streamlining my workflow quite a bit.
There was a cute BB10 video where somebody was tied up in a chair with one hand free and had to do three tasks inside of 30 seconds. Cool idea, but it pales in comparison to what you can do with voice control. Said video was actually quite frenetic, with a lot of swiping and lot of screen changes. The tasks were also artificial, in that the tasks were designed to take advantage of BB10 features.
Now imagine this real world scenario which will be familiar to everyone who's picked up somebody at the airport. It's something I did just the other day.
1. Check your email to remind yourself about about flight details.
2. Swipe to launch voice command, say "Flight United 2346". Arrival details are displayed.
3. Touch the mic button and say "text <whomever> the flight is on time. It'll land on Terminal A"
4. Touch the mic button, say "remind me to leave for the airport at 7PM"
All done inside of 30 seconds. 15 seconds if you're doing a demo. No 3rd party apps, just the built in stock apps.
- 12-10-12, 04:59 PM #6
i know there are certain people that really use voice control alot like ones that are blind etc but i never caught onto it. i have used siri and vlingo for the blackberry. to me its more of a pain than a help.
- 12-10-12, 09:59 PM #7
Too be honest, I think the most intuitive and best way to activate Voice Control in BB10 would be with a gesture, and this gesture would be a corner swipe from the bottom right...opposite to how you bring up the keyboard with a swipe from the bottom left, u swipe from the bottom right and anywhere in the OS you can access Voice Control!! That would be an amazing gesture!!!
- 12-11-12, 09:16 AM #8
Somewhat relevant notes: you can actually bring up the keyboard now (in the latest Dev Alpha builds) with a two-finger bottom bezel swipe, instead of using the bottom-left corner swipe (which was getting pretty hard to do on the small phones, compared to how it was on the PlayBook). Also, we've seen some videos and/or pics showing a little "microphone" icon in the upper right corner of the space bar (or was it the period key next to it?), suggesting that at least when you've got the keyboard onscreen, pressing (and holding) that would be a way of activating microphone input. (Maybe that's just for text fields though?)
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- 12-11-12, 10:29 AM #12
Yes I knew about the 2-Finger swipe up, and I have seen the Voice Icon on the keyboard in latest builds...but this doesnt help if you want to do a quick voice search from the home screen when keyboard isnt up, and really it wouldnt make sense to have to swipe the keyboard up then hold the voice icon...holding the mute button is what I see them doing...but with an entire gesture based OS...it would absolutely make the most sense to have a bottom right corner swipe to swipe the voice control open...with all the gesture based functions they have on the OS, this is an absolutely possible scenario and something RIM can definitely implement into the OS...I think this would be the quickest most beneficial Voice Control function!
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