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Test your Smartphone Smarts #9

Here is the ninth in our series of Review Questions from our “What Does This Button Do?” show. These can’t be graded, but if you want to see the discussion of our answers to these questions, you can click the link provided. The link will take you to the time in the specific episode where we start the discussion of review questions. Since we have produced 93 episodes so far, this “Test Your Smartphone Smarts” will be an ongoing series of posts here.

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Episode #34: Transferring Photos #34 Show Notes

  • Where do you get the USB cable for connecting phone to computer?
  • What is one reason not to use a wireless (cloud-based) method of transferring photos?
Episode #35: Google Now #35 Show Notes

  • T/F You must speak OK Google in order to use Google Now
  • You can teach Google Now what cards you want by: __________________________
Episode #36: Apps or Mobile Websites  #36 Show Notes

  • T/F: To Share with Facebook, the Facebook App must be installed
  • Widgets are only available for: a)Apps or
Episode #37: Live from an RV Rally

  • No Questions!

If you click the time link, you will be viewing the Youtube video for that episode. The link takes you directly to the end of the show where we discuss the review questions. You can always drag the video playhead to the beginning to watch more of that episode. And, if you are a premium member of Geeks On Tour, you have access to the show notes for each episode. You will find all show notes on the Weekly Show page. So, how did you do on the questions? Leave any comments below! See previous “Smartphone Smarts”

#35 Google Now, Your Personal Assistant. What Does This Button Do?


There are show notes below which document what was covered in the show and include timeline links, so you can watch just the part of the video that you want. If you are not a Geeks on Tour member, you can watch Episode 35 video on YouTube, but you won’t get the show notes.Become a member here. This episode covers:

  1. Quick Tip: How to delete multiple pictures off your phone or tablet.
  2. Beginner’s Lesson: Using Google Now

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Talk to your Navigating Device: Android or iPhone

GoogleMap2.pngFor quite a while now, we’ve had navigation devices that will talk to us.  Did you know that now you can talk to them?  I’ve heard a lot of people complaining with the latest version of Google Maps that there are too many steps to get it to start navigating.  If you simply talk to your phone or tablet and tell it to “Navigate to _____________”  That’s all you have to do!


If you have an Android phone or tablet with Google Maps, you can long-press on the Search button and a microphone should appear.  At that point you can either tap the microphone, or just say “Google” and your phone/tablet will be in listening mode.  This is called Google Now.  If you just say “Navigate to _________” it will get the ball rolling – no typing required.  It may offer you some choices that you can tap, or if you do nothing, it will pick the first choice and start navigating.


If you have an iPhone or iPad, then you talk to Siri.  To start Siri, press and hold on your Home button – the circular indented button below your device’s screen.  It should be obvious when she’s ready to listen and you can say the same words, “Navigate to ___________” Siri may ask for further clarification, but then she’ll start the navigation going.

What maps are used?

On an Android device it will be Google Maps that is accessed by your voice commands.  On an iPhone or iPad, it will be Apple Maps.

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If it doesn’t work

Your device may not have the necessary hardware or software installed.  You will need a device equipped with a GPS – most all phones will have this, but it may be missing on some tablets. You also need an Internet connection – once again, phones should have this (if you’re in range of a cell tower) but you may need a Wi-Fi connection for your tablet.  Siri requires a 4S or later iPhone, and iPad 3 or later.  Google Now requires Android ‘Jelly Bean’ 4.1 or higher.

Tutorial Video for Geeks on Tour Members

If you are a Member, you can go to www.GeeksonTour.tv, click on the Learning Library and the Smartphone section, then play video mobl19.Talk to Navigate; Android or iPhone/iPad.