I am using my Nexus 5 for 1.5 months now. Previously I used an iPhone 5. On the iPhone there was Siri and - when connected via Bluetooth to my car stereo - I could push a button on my Steering Wheel and start voice interaction with siri.

When I push the same button in Android 4.4.2 on my Nexus 5, it says "initialisieren", I think the english locale would be "initializing" and nothing happens.

It would be great to get at least some starting of calls working like "call my mom" or "call john doe" better would be also a working tts/stt (reading/dictation) of sms. Best would be if I also could change playlists (Play List Salsa/Play List Rock) or starting of the navigation (Navigate to Home)

is there any way to get those things working?

The Initializing Screen
Screenshot (click image for original size)

  • I'm not sure about the "Steering Wheel" controls, but you might wish to take a look at tasker (being German, just follow the link to AndroidPIT from there :) and the AutoVoice plugin.
    – Izzy
    Jan 28 '14 at 15:19
  • so out of the box there is no way to use that standard voice recognition?
    – Tobi
    Jan 28 '14 at 17:54
  • I can't tell, as I've not much played with that. Let's see if someone else has fresh ideas.
    – Izzy
    Jan 28 '14 at 19:06
  • I have tried tasker now. It is a really powerful thing. But I have the problem, that my phone speaks the variables instead of speaking its contents: AutoVoice and Tasker: Speak recognized Variable says “percent varname”
    – Tobi
    Jan 29 '14 at 12:51
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    @Izzy I don't have an answer from the author of the software yet but I have another solution for the initial problem (See answer)
    – Tobi
    Feb 1 '14 at 20:15

I found a solution to the initial problem. It seems that this is a common bug and in the software since at least Anroid 4.2. There is an Application in the Play Store that does nothing but reacting to the Bluetooth button and starting the voice recognition:

Voice Command

When I push the Button, I have to select what app to start, I chose "Voice Command" after that I am asked again and chose "Google Now" and then it starts directly in the Voice Recognition mode.

I don't know yet if it gets the commands over bluetooth or over the built in mic but it stops the music and starts the recognition.

This works at least with My phone (Nexus 5, 32GB Android 4.4.2 All settings to german and my Car Radio (JVC...))

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