One of my absolute favorite parts of Android 4.x is Google Now. I use Now and voice commands for pretty much everything. Combine those features with Google’s awesome speech-to-text capabilities, and I’m full speed ahead. Sometimes, Google Now can be quite frustrating.
For instance, check out this question from a Solosez compadre:
I recently got an HTC One. So far, so good. But, the phone has Voice Search, and while it’s kinda cool, if I ask it for the temperature it gives me the temp…in Celsius. I do not live in Canada. I want the temp in Fahrenheit. By default.
I’ve looked all over the place for settings to change this, but to no avail. It’s likely that I missed it in some painfully obvious place, but can someone please help me with this issue? Yes, I know I can ask for the temperature in Fahrenheit, but I shouldn’t have to do that.
Oh yeah, it’s 35 Celsius, which equates to 95 Fahrenheit. Typical for Houston this time of year.
And this friend is correct: Google recognizes that you’re not in Canada, and assuming you’ve got the correct settings from your carrier (Settings > Date & time), you should be rocking whatever degrees you want (though 35 sounds much better than 95 for this time of year).
No sweat, because there’s an easy fix. You’ve likely missed a step somewhere, probably when Google Now asked whether you want Fahrenheit or Celsius, so you’ll have to make the switch “old school.”
First, make sure Google Now is active. Obviously, my Celsius-hating colleague does, but if you’d like Google Now to tell you the weather (among other things), you’ll need to “opt in to the Borg.”
If you don’t have the Google or Voice Search apps installed, go get ’em. Side note while they’re downloading and installing: in order for Google Now to work, you must have a device running Android 4.0+.
Click Voice Search or Google to open.
This will sort of get you to Google Now. That’s okay, because right now your only concern is making sure Google Now is active. Click the menu button in the lower right hand corner.
This will launch the settings menu where you can check to make sure Google Now is turned on.
If that’s all great, it’s time to wrangle in some prodigal settings. Note: you can also use these following steps to change any Google Now card and the information displayed.
Now, it’s time to open Google Now. Use Home button + Up-drag to open. I prefer using my Google Now widget from my home screen.
You should see something like this:
The key is to remember the information or “I” icon in the upper right-hand corner of each card.
This is your “golden boy” ticket to Google Now card happiness.
Clicking the icon gets you this:
Which also gets you this:
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! You are saved! When it’s hot you want hot, and now you have it.
Quick, easy, and definitely time to go relax in the pool.
Remember, if you have a question or issue you can’t solve, let me know.