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    Default Voice search offline

    Reading the manual on page 34 (UK edition), it says:

    "You can use Voice Actions with Google search to get directions, send messages, and perform a number of other common tasks.

    You can initiate a Voice Search or Voice Action in several ways:

    * Touch the microphone icon in the Google Chrome omnibox.
    * Touch the microphone icon on the Home screen or Google Now screen and speak.
    * Touch the search bar on the Home screen and say "Google".
    * When you're viewing the Google Now screen, you don't have to touch anything. Just say "Google".

    Next, speak the terms to search for or the Voice Action to perform"

    Skip forward to page 41, and it says:

    "*Download offline speech recognition. Check to select one or more additional languages for speech recognition when you don't have a network connection."

    So, it looks like I should be able to do voice actions when offline right? Has anyone got this to work? When I click on the microphone on Google Now, I get "can't reach Google at the moment" immediately. Doing it from Chrome prompts me for speech, but then gives me the same message.

    If I look settings for Google Now, English (US) is downloaded (22mb).

    What am I missing?
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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    You need to go into Settings->Language & Input->Voice Search and select Download offline speech recognition. On mine, it says english is already installed.
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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    Thanks, as I said though, that (well, English (US) anyway) is already there!

    EDIT: Found "English (UK)" too and installed it, but that hasn't changed anything
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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    I am having this same issue. The offline language pack is installed (actually came preinstalled).

    When I try to dictate a draft email offline, it gives me the error:
    "No network available
    Please try again when you are connected to the network.

    When I try to use a Google Now voice command, it gives me the error:
    "Can't reach Google at the moment."

    Can anyone confirm that, with WiFi turned off, they are getting these to work without issue? Or has anyone else had this issue but been able to resolve it?
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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    Where are you based Jeremy?
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    Thanks this really helped
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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    I have the same problem. Voice does not work when offline, and yes I have English US downloaded and placed under the Installed tab for offline speech recognition setting.
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    So can anyone confirm that this actually works for them with Wi-Fi turned off?

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Android Central Forums
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    Same issue here. USA and UK English installed for offline use, but when not WiFi connected voice recognition doesn't work.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Android Central Forums
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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    Quote Originally Posted by quarky_uk View Post
    Where are you based Jeremy?
    I'm in the US.
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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    Figured it out...

    Looks like Google Now by itself requires Internet access since it assumes you are looking up data online (even though you can set Reminders, and whatever else you can do offline).

    Voice recognition in itself would technically still process locally (I assume), based on the fact that if you go to any other app that does not require an Internet connection, and try using voice input, it would work.
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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    Ah, good find! I just tested it with Google Play Music, however, I learned some not-so-good-news. This indeed does work when using the default keyboard, but it does not work with SwiftKey 3, still needs an internet connection. Hopefully they fix/patch it.
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    Actually, SwiftKey 3 uses something else. I found out recently that you need to have the keyboard open, then swipe the notification bar open, and switch keyboard to Google voice input, then you get the right input. Try it out.

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    The 3rd party keyboard such as SwiftKey and Swype use their own voice recognition that requires an internet connection. Swype for example, belonging to Nuance, uses Dragon technology for its speech recognition.

    I wish Google and the 3rd parties would allow you to choose your own keyboard and voice typing engine separately.

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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    Ok. I can see how to dictate using the google speech recognition - but how do I give my n7 commands when offline? How do I write an email hands free without opening up the email program and dictating for each field (name, subject, etc) separately?

    Am I missing something?
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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    So has anyone ever got voice recognition working offline?

    I really don't understand what the point is in downloading offline speech recognition if it requires an internet connection anyway.

    I love my Nexus but this is just poor, and Google's response to this is rather pathetic. They can't tell me if it even should work, unless I do a hard reset.

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    Lightbulb Re: Voice search offline

    I had the same issue with Voice Actions not working offline until I figured it out my self that the voice actions
    work offline only when English (US) is selected under Settings > Voice > Languge. Apparently the offline voice
    recognition, for the moment works only for English (US) as mentioned here.
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    Default Re: Voice search offline - KEY info to make it work

    After stumbling around on this trying to get it to work offline, I found TWO more key bits of information to make it happen.

    Language & Input
    Under KEYBOARD & INPUT METHODS section,
    Click the SETTINGS icon to the right of "Android Keyboard"
    Input Languages MUST BE SET TO "English (US)" (I assume to match my downloaded language file).
    Ensure the checkbox is enabled beside "Google voice typing", and set to "automatic" (it can't be a mismatch from the "Android keyboard" setting or it won't work).

    None of this seems to be a problem if you've got your overall language setting to be English (United States) and are using the default "use system language" option for Android Keyboard. In other words, it's tweaked to work fine for US users, but others need to fiddle.

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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    I guess the world will just have to learn how to speak with US accents and spelling. Maybe we can all just watch old CSI Miami episodes until we can get our Androids understanding us.
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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    I have a similar problem but it works in airplane mode and offline. However when I'm in 2g its worthless and slower than I'd like if im on wifi. Its like it tries to use the internet when it can but id rather it always work as well as it does in airplane mode.

    Any ideas?
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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    Before doing all the above procedure change voice recognizer to Google. see path below
    languages and input>speech>voice recognizer (set it to Google not to Samsung powered by...

    this best works for voice recognition ofline for messaging :-)
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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    Hey guys! In my language setting, I do not have the option to download the offline google voice files. When I click the icon on the right of google voice typing, it just foreclosed and I do have the CM 10 jelly bean, could anyone assist?
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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    Setting "Chose input languages" to English (US) rather than Automatic worked for me on my Galaxy Note 3. Thanks Steve.
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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    Works fine for me after downloading English(US)

    Steps for Android One:
    Settings -> Voice Search -> Offline Speech Recognition

    and the install English (US), so that the offline voice typing as well as calling the contacts will be working.

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    Default Re: Voice search offline

    I've got SwiftKey installed, Kitkat on Asus. Whether I set it to use its voice recognition or the Google Voice Recognition, after a reboot voice recognition works fairly well within applications. Selecting the search icon brings up a microphone icon taping it trigger VR, which work slow than when on line, but it works.

    However it doesn't work in Google Now or the Google search widget. Really strange.
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