My Galaxy S II underwent the T-Mobile update on 15 December.
As of now, Voice Command (also called "voice talk") no longer wakes with a double-tap of the home key. I read through support articles and the Samsung/T-Mobile manual as well as the help feature for the application. I could not find any information on restoring this convenient feature although it is well documented that the home key double-tap is the convenient and safe method to turn on this built-in feature.
How do I bring back the double-tap?
I'm having the same problem. Hopefully someone will have an answer?
I literally just spent the last hour trying every setting on my phone, deleting settings, clearing cache and defaults, and reading articles on how to re-enable it after the software update, and the only solution looks like you'd have to root your phone and enable the double-tap manually but re-mapping hardware keys.
In short, your best bet would be to put a shortcut to it on your homepage or dock or even use swype settings if you use a launcher like adw, go, or launcher pro. They probably disabled it because people complain of accidentally launching it and they thought they were doing us a favor. There are pretty easy new ways to launch it, however, so it's not a huge deal.
I will gladly trade the added Wi-Fi calling (that doesn't save on minutes) for the double-tap home key to return.
This is a safety issue for driving. The whole selling point of Samsung's Voice Command (Voice Talk? which is it?) is to provide a non-dangerous way of using the phone hands-free.
Particularly at night when driving, it is safer to reach over to the GalaxyS II and tap the back-lit home key twice and say "navigate to 2100 Constitution Avenue Northwest." To swipe around the home screen and application pages to find and distinguish the little icon with little text that says "voice talk" but not "voice search" and not "voice mail" would be a bit more involved with one hand on the steering wheel.
Besides- many of us like the "4" home page to be clean of shortcuts.
I don't think I should have to re-map hardware keys or download a launcher app to take advantage of a Samsung-engineered interface feature that will save me from a traffic ticket or an accident.
If removing the house double-tap was a "fix" because there were complaints that it turned on inadvertently, then that should've been announced in the update list. A way to toggle it on and off in Settings should be included.
I also upgraded to new firmware and lost the double tap capability to enter voice command mode. Hopefully someone can find how to re-enable this.
You can't please everyone. Earlier posts in this forum threatened law suits (always a laughable threat) because WiFi calling (and if I remember right, an FM tuner) wasn't available.
The posted ad is a Samsung ad, not a T-Mobile advertisement.
While you shouldn't have to add a market app or take up a precious spot on the home screen, there is a native application shortcut available which easily resolves this issue.
I don't particularly use the WiFi or video chat features, but I will take any bug fixes or battery enhancements available included in the update.
I have never used the doubletap for voice command feature. Not once. And now that I have updated, I never will. But, the actual voice command feature is still available whenever I want to tap the application icon, whereas WiFi calling and video chat (through GTalk) features are now available. No loss real loss of functionality, just a loss of the built-in shortcut.
I have the same problem. I just called T-mobile support and the agent said that she couldn't find anything listed about this issue. Maybe eventually they will figure it out. I hope. I like the shortcut... because I am lazy.
FYI I also updated last week and miss the double tap command. The double tap command is STILL listed as a short cut in\voice talk\help\wake up voice talk so... not quite sure what that means, if anything at all.
For those of you still paying attention and wondering how to solve this problem, here is the official answer from "JEN" at T-Mobile (per a different thread about this same topic in this forum) Looks like long-pressing the search button is the new solution:
The ability to double-tap Home and pull up the speech prompt was changed in the software update.
If you tap and hold the magnifying glass, it'll prompt you to use one of two voice-activated features. You can select the one you want to use as a default, so instead of double-tapping Home, you'll just long-press on Search.
Thank you trollface!
That's all I wanted.
I spoke with someone as well and she said they were aware of this issue.
There is still an extra step but all I really wanted was a backlit shortcut. I'm glad it is well advertised on official T-Mobile documentation rather than Samsung's fluff.
You can't please everyone, as someone has sincerely said, but I find a backlit hard button useful.... kinda like my iPhone.
again Thanks unclespoon.
Please let me add my thanks to your post unclespoon. I am perfectly content to replace a double tap with a long press.
Glad I could help!
This still doesn't help me. I find it much more intuitive to double tap the home key. Wow that really sucks to not have it. I drive for work all day and it was very helpful. The answer we were given is to hold the home key. ...Well that requires looking at the phone two times. The press and hold brings up a few apps and the voice app is in a different location. A better safer solution is to have an option in the settings.
You can set it to open whichever app you want by default, then you'll only have to long-press the search button. It's not any different than before!
If you long press the search button and then say "Hi Galaxy" it will ask "What would you like to do?" where as before the update a double tap on the home button would automatically launch Voice into the "What would you like to do?" phrase. So rtmrehab I guess the extra step you are talking about would be???saying "Hi Galaxy?"...a minor extra step imo.
It ain't right but it works. Instructions on my GSII still say to double tap the home button to activate Voice...guess they forgot to update the instructions on the phone. Sometimes I wonder if they ever really test these updates before releasing them ha!
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