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This article was published on February 11, 2014

Google’s voice search on Android now lets you set and refer to relationships for your contacts

Google’s voice search on Android now lets you set and refer to relationships for your contacts Image by: KIMIHIRO HOSHINO
Emil Protalinski
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Emil Protalinski

Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, incl Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, TechSpot, ZDNet, and CNET. Stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Google today announced a new Google Now feature: setting and referring to relationships for your Android contacts. Instead of scrolling through your contacts, or referring to them by their name, you can now just say “Ok Google, call Mom” or “OK Google, send a text to my wife.”

Call Mom

I don’t have a wife, but when I asked Google to “call my wife” it prompted me to pick a contact that would then be set under that term. Unfortunately, when I tried setting someone up as “Captain Awesome,” it wouldn’t let me and simply performed a Web search. This is separate from the Google Search for Android update released just last week, which added smarter time-to-leave cards as well as the “OK, Google” hotword option in the UK and Canada.

Image Credit: KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images

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