As long as it’s connected to the web, you can control your Hudl 2 using just your voice. You can ask it to retrieve information for you, check your appointments and take dictation. Here’s how to use voice commands on your Tesco tablet.
Tip 1: Get weather info
Launch Google Voice by tapping the microphone icon at the bottom left of the screen. Now say “What’s the weather forecast for [town name] today?” Voice Search shows in the search box what it thinks you said. You can also ask “Will it rain today?” but you will need to specify a town or city.
You’ll get more precise results for weather and travel if you have Location Services switched on by going to Settings – Location and flicking the toggle On.
Tip 2: Search for online facts
To simply search for a fact, open Google Search, tap the microphone icon and tell it what you want to know – for example “How old is Ronnie Wood?”. Search results appear on-screen just as they would if you’d typed in your question.
Tip 3: Set a timer
To use the timer, tap the microphone icon to launch Google Voice then say “Set a timer” followed by the number of minutes. If you just say “Set a timer” you can specify the duration on the next screen by tapping the microphone again then stating the duration. Hudl 2’s clock widget will launch and show the timer countdown clock.
Tip 4: Send an email
To compose an email, just tap the microphone icon and say “Send an email to [name]”. The first time you do this, Google needs access to your contacts in order to send emails. Just tap Yes, I’m in to allow access.
When your friend’s email address appears, tap the microphone icon again and dictate your message. Say “Yes” to confirm you want to send the message.
Tip 5: Dictate messages
You can use the dictation option to create emails by opening the Email or Gmail app on your Hudl 2 and tapping the microphone icon next to the keyboard. You can pause and resume your email by tapping the red microphone.
Tip 6: Listen out for and identify songs
Voice Search shows a musical icon if it detects music playing. Tap the musical note icon in the Voice Search screen and it will listen to the song and identify it. You might need to move closer to the radio or stereo so Voice Search can hear it properly.
Once identified, a link to the song on the Google Play Store will appear. Tap this to go to the song if you want to pay to download it.
Step 7: Play music and videos
To find music to play, just use Voice Search and say “play [band name] songs”. You’ll get a web link to that artist’s website or listing on the Google Play Music Store. To instead play songs from your Hudl 2’s music library open the Play Music app then tap the search icon then the microphone and say the artist’s name.
Step 8: Create reminders
You need to have Google Now set up if you want to set reminders using voice control. Just tell Google Voice to ‘set a reminder’ then tap Opt in to Google Now. Now say “OK Google” then “set a reminder”. Tell your Hudl 2 when the reminder is for and what the topic is, then say Yes to set the reminder.
Step 9: Open apps and web pages
You can use voice commands to open apps and folders on your Hudl 2. Just say “Open YouTube app” or the name of another app. Google will either open it or show you a link to the app. It doesn’t always work and is this command is more successful with apps produced by Google itself.
Step 10: Make calendar entries
You can use Google Voice with your Google Calendar. To check your calendar tap the microphone icon then say “Open my Google Calendar”. It will open to this week’s calendar. Tap a date to add an entry and tap in a text field. When the keyboard appears tap the microphone icon to verbally add the event name, time and location.
Step 11: Set an alarm
Tap the microphone icon and sat ‘Set an alarm for XX’ to quickly set an alarm.