I’m always amazed by how much I can do with my cellphone without even touching it! Indeed, the ease of being “hands-free” has revolutionized how we use our phones—from safely making calls while driving, to following a recipe on the Internet without having to pull your hands out of the dough, you can do almost anything these days with just a few simple voice commands.
Bluetooth technology is the driving force behind much of this. It uses radio waves instead of wires or cables, which allows your phone to connect to a variety of devices with a strong, clear signal. This lets you dial, make and receive calls, or even stream music without being physically connected to your phone.
Plus, on any Android smartphone, you can use Google Voice to perform an Internet search for you. Look for the microphone icon on your keyboard or search bar, or hold down your “home” button and say “OK, Google” to get started. For smartphones operating on Android 6.0 and above, you also now have access to the advanced capabilities of Google Assistant, which integrates with all your Google apps to pull everything together with a few simple voice commands. It can even be used with iPhone, just download the app!
iPhone users have certainly gotten to know Siri, the friendly automated voice whom you can interact with to get answers to questions, send messages, and more. Just say, “Hey Siri,” and ask her anything. Siri will learn names, your favorite places, and other useful information, so her help becomes uniquely personalized.
Even text messaging has gotten automated! Depending on the messaging app that you prefer, you can tap a microphone button to dictate and send text messages, and completely avoid battling with those tiny keyboard letters!
Find out what which application best suits your needs, then sit back and enjoy the freedom of letting your phone do the work for you. Now, if they could just come up with a way to have it do my laundry…