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Topic # 64378 14-Jul-2010 11:10
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What have Apple done to Voice Control in IOS 4?

I upgrade my 3GS to IOS 4. Now when using Voice Control, I have to put up with my phone having an Ozzie accent! The English one in IOS 3 was less annoying and I'm sure its a pipe dream having a NZ accent.

Also, Voice Control doesn't seem to work nearly as well as it used to. It used to be quite reliable. There is a much longer wait of between 5-7 seconds after you finish speaking, and the voice interpretation now appears very unreliable.. e.g. I say "Call Shane Hobson", and my iphone says "Calling Tech Support Oncall"..

What the..?

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  Reply # 351315 14-Jul-2010 11:27
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I'm getting a lot of that as well. Especially weird when I say "Call Pedro" and the phone goes "Calling 44 14 42141".

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  Reply # 354840 22-Jul-2010 11:56
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I have never yet seen a voice dial system that works 100%.

As a Pom, I think I'd find a phone with an accent (Kiwi or Aussie!) very hard to understand. I had to download a British voice for my Garmin Nuvi for just that reason.

How would it tell the difference between say 'six' and 'sex'?! And all sorts of problems may arise truing to ring my MiL who lives in Manchester! I'd probably get put through to Briscoes...! ;-)


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  Reply # 354857 22-Jul-2010 12:21
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I was in AU a couple of weeks ago and I tried to pay my toll road charges with their automated voice system. It failed completely with the NZ accent with me and my wife .

Then I had to wait 20 mins to talk to someone to give them the details mainually (and they couldn't understand me either so its not just computers which fail

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  Reply # 355246 23-Jul-2010 10:03
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But it's great for us Aussies :)

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  Reply # 355255 23-Jul-2010 10:26
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Hi - my gripe with iOS 4 & voice control is that they seem to have altered it so you now can't access it via a plugged in headset (can others please confirm this). Under earlier OS's I could press & hold the button on the mic unit to activate voice control when my hands were busy (don't ask). With the change to iOS 4 I seem to have lost this ability - I was looking forward to being able to ask the time with voice control while on my scooter....but it ain't so.



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