Add relationships to your contacts with simple voice actions to make hands-free calling and texting simpler.
Google Now is getting smarter and more useful by the day, and Google's latest development is in voice actions with relationships rather than people's names. Starting today, you can now use Google Now to call people with close relationships to you via voice command. For example, you can now simply say "Call Mom" or "Send a text to my wife" rather than using their full names. If you have yet to assign a relationship status to a contact, you'll get a simple on-screen prompt to assign contacts to the relationship.
If you're interested in setting up this capability on your own phone, it's an extremely simple process:
- Open Google Now and tap the microphone button at the top (or use the "OK Google" hotword on the Nexus 5).
- Simply say "Call my ..." appended by the person you wish to call (mom, brother, wife, grandfather, etc.).
- If you have yet to assign a relationship to that name, you'll be prompted again to speak the person's name.
- Tap to confirm the name, or pick from your contacts manually.
- If there are multiple numbers associated with the contact, select your preferred number for voice dialing.
And that's it! From that point forward, you can use relationship names rather than people's names for voice actions. While we're sure there are more, we've found these actions to work with: mom/dad, girlfriend/boyfriend, sister/brother, cousin, grandmother/grandfather. Give it a try with calls and texts — it may save you some time the next time you need to make a hands-free communication.