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  1. james7679's Avatar
    Due to financial reasons and the fact that AT&T doesn't have a stock on the 1520 anymore, I had to make the painful decision to switch to Android for a new phone. I got an LG G3. Decent phone, but I already miss some of the things that make the WP8.1 platform stand out. I'm hoping some of you cross platform users can make a few suggestions for me;

    A better voice assistant. I use my BT headset all of the time. The built in voice recognition on Android is terrible. On my 1520 it worked at around 97% accuracy/efficiency. Android is around 20%, and that's being really nice. Please tell me there is something better.

    A better keyboard w/word prediction. This one is, meh, at best.

    That is all for now. I'm sure I'll find more problems, as time goes by.

    Thanks for reading.

    James
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    05-18-2015 09:23 AM
  2. xandros9's Avatar
    You can sell the G3 and get an unlocked 1520 you know probably.

    Can't say about the voice assistance.
    I'd try the default Google or AOSP keyboard.
    05-18-2015 09:55 AM
  3. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Are you using the LG3 Voice Mate or Google Now? Apparently Google Now is the way to go if you want voice.

    Are you using the keyboard with LG3 or the Google one? There is also Swiftkey.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ftkey&hl=en_GB

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...latin&hl=en_GB
    05-18-2015 09:55 AM
  4. james7679's Avatar
    You can sell the G3 and get an unlocked 1520 you know probably.

    Can't say about the voice assistance.
    I'd try the default Google or AOSP keyboard.
    I did consider this. But I am wondering if there will be a newer iteration of the 1520 coming anytime soon. I like the Icon, but hate Verizon. I know there is an unlocked version, but not having LTE is a deal breaker, for me.
    05-18-2015 10:11 AM
  5. tgp's Avatar
    Are you using the LG3 Voice Mate or Google Now?
    ^This. If you're not using Google Now, you should be. I use Google Now alongside Cortana, and GN is at least as good. The only reason I'm saying it's not better is because that idea gets tasered here. But, I do not find it behind in any way.

    Google Now's voice recognition is at least as good as Cortana's, and it also seems to be a bit "smarter." However, that could be chalked up to me using it longer. Google Now is not turned on by default. You need to opt in.

    As far as the keyboard, I do like WP's a bit better than Google's. I use Swiftkey on Android, which I like better than WP's. Swiftkey>WP keyboard>Google default keyboard.
    05-18-2015 10:21 AM
  6. sinime's Avatar
    Are you using the LG3 Voice Mate or Google Now? Apparently Google Now is the way to go if you want voice.

    Are you using the keyboard with LG3 or the Google one? There is also Swiftkey.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ftkey&hl=en_GB

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...latin&hl=en_GB
    Yeah, my Android using friends all say swift key is the way to go for the keyboard.
    05-18-2015 10:32 AM
  7. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I also recommend SwiftKey for Android.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 (2013) using Tapatalk
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    05-18-2015 10:35 AM
  8. xandros9's Avatar
    I did consider this. But I am wondering if there will be a newer iteration of the 1520 coming anytime soon. I like the Icon, but hate Verizon. I know there is an unlocked version, but not having LTE is a deal breaker, for me.
    Not for a couple months at least, so if you're not happy, I'd do that.
    05-18-2015 11:15 AM
  9. Slovenix's Avatar
    Due to financial reasons and the fact that AT&T doesn't have a stock on the 1520 anymore, I had to make the painful decision to switch to Android for a new phone. I got an LG G3. Decent phone, but I already miss some of the things that make the WP8.1 platform stand out. I'm hoping some of you cross platform users can make a few suggestions for me;

    A better voice assistant. I use my BT headset all of the time. The built in voice recognition on Android is terrible. On my 1520 it worked at around 97% accuracy/efficiency. Android is around 20%, and that's being really nice. Please tell me there is something better.

    A better keyboard w/word prediction. This one is, meh, at best.

    That is all for now. I'm sure I'll find more problems, as time goes by.

    Thanks for reading.

    James
    First of all I'd suggest you to use Google Launcher or Nova Launcher for the best Android experience and Google keyboard.

    Google Launcher with http://www.google.com/landing/now/ will eventually learn where is your home, work, weather, favorite places and times you leave your house. It's pretty cool :)

    And personal assistant? Do you use the LG's one or Google? I even troll my friends with "Ok Google" activation while they try to browse lol ;) :)
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    05-18-2015 11:24 AM
  10. Slovenix's Avatar
    Here's the link to Google Launcher, https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...launcher&hl=sl
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    05-18-2015 11:28 AM
  11. tgp's Avatar
    I agree with using the Google Now launcher. That's all I use. It's default on Nexus devices, but if I'm using a device with a different default launcher, I switch.

    One other tip: do not try to make your Android a Windows Phone. It's not, and won't be. Some things you will not like as good, either because they aren't as good or you're not accustomed to them. Other aspects of Android are not better or worse; just different. You know how we give advice on this forum to users switching to WP and complaining about certain things? We say don't make it Android/iPhone, some things are different, it will take some time, go into it with an open mind, and so on. Well, the same applies here.
    05-18-2015 12:10 PM
  12. james7679's Avatar
    It seems as though I should try Google Now and Swiftkey. I will load them tonight and let you all know how it goes.
    I agree with using the Google Now launcher. That's all I use. It's default on Nexus devices, but if I'm using a device with a different default launcher, I switch.

    One other tip: do not try to make your Android a Windows Phone. It's not, and won't be. Some things you will not like as good, either because they aren't as good or you're not accustomed to them. Other aspects of Android are not better or worse; just different. You know how we give advice on this forum to users switching to WP and complaining about certain things? We say don't make it Android/iPhone, some things are different, it will take some time, go into it with an open mind, and so on. Well, the same applies here.
    Oh, yeah, I know it's not going to be a WP. I have no plans on it being the same. I'm just used to those two things working at a certain level and they just aren't up to par. I can live with the rest.
    05-18-2015 02:03 PM
  13. Jazmac's Avatar
    I agree that switch is painful. I have the 1520 and a HTC M8 for work. I tried like heck for a month as a daily driver to the point of not even turning my WP on. I could not do it. Too much of WP makes my day happen better. Nothing like it exists on any other platform. Ebay is your friend.
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    05-19-2015 08:54 AM
  14. worldspy99's Avatar
    Google Now Launcher and Google keyboard are the way to go. SwiftKey is quite good but I like the stock Google Keyboard these days on my Nexus 7. I am a dual OS user. Android for tablet and WP for phone.
    Good luck.
    05-19-2015 10:18 AM
  15. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Google Now Launcher and Google keyboard are the way to go. SwiftKey is quite good but I like the stock Google Keyboard these days on my Nexus 7. I am a dual OS user. Android for tablet and WP for phone.
    Good luck.
    I've tried the stock Google keyboard and Swype, but I didn't like either as much as SwiftKey.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 (2013) using Tapatalk
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    05-19-2015 10:30 AM
  16. worldspy99's Avatar
    I've tried the stock Google keyboard and Swype, but I didn't like either as much as SwiftKey.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 (2013) using Tapatalk
    I used SwiftKey from 2012 to late 2013 but I think with KitKat the stock keyboard closed the gap IMO. And since then I have stuck with the stock Google Keyboard on my tablet.
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    05-19-2015 10:37 AM
  17. james7679's Avatar
    Okay, well, I installed Now and SwiftKey yesterday and am very pleased with SwiftKey and happier with Now than the built in voice recognition.

    I do have a question about Now; why do I not get tile notifications anymore?

    I may still sell the LG G3 and buy another 1520, but it's more likely that I'll wait for something new.

    Thanks for your input, all.
    05-19-2015 12:10 PM
  18. Pavstar619's Avatar
    I like Swiftkey. But it's a bit irritating sometimes (auto-correct anyone ). I usually used these Custom Google Keyboards from XDA Themed Google Keyboards!! Updated: 2/1/2015-… | Android Development and Hacking | XDA Forums . And since I was a heavy rooted user Nova Launcher was the only Launcher I liked (I tried at least 15 different launchers lol )
    05-19-2015 12:35 PM
  19. AndyCalling's Avatar
    I did consider this. But I am wondering if there will be a newer iteration of the 1520 coming anytime soon. I like the Icon, but hate Verizon. I know there is an unlocked version, but not having LTE is a deal breaker, for me.
    I have a 930 and the LTE works fine, it's the US carriers that won't recognise it because they want to use a system that is incompatible with everything and so limits your choices. Try getting an Icon on PAYG and then unlock it through third party. You will love it, I promise, and an unlocked Icon ought to work with US style LTE.
    05-19-2015 12:36 PM
  20. james7679's Avatar
    I have a 930 and the LTE works fine, it's the US carriers that won't recognise it because they want to use a system that is incompatible with everything and so limits your choices. Try getting an Icon on PAYG and then unlock it through third party. You will love it, I promise, and an unlocked Icon ought to work with US style LTE.
    The Icon and, subsequently, the 930 are programmed for Verizon's LTE bands. I am 99% sure that it will not work on At&t's LTE bands.
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    05-19-2015 03:12 PM
  21. tgp's Avatar
    I do have a question about Now; why do I not get tile notifications anymore?
    Did you opt in to Google Now? You need to do that even after installing the Now launcher.
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    05-19-2015 03:21 PM
  22. Witness's Avatar
    Due to financial reasons and the fact that AT&T doesn't have a stock on the 1520 anymore, I had to make the painful decision to switch to Android for a new phone. I got an LG G3. Decent phone, but I already miss some of the things that make the WP8.1 platform stand out. I'm hoping some of you cross platform users can make a few suggestions for me;

    A better voice assistant. I use my BT headset all of the time. The built in voice recognition on Android is terrible. On my 1520 it worked at around 97% accuracy/efficiency. Android is around 20%, and that's being really nice. Please tell me there is something better.

    A better keyboard w/word prediction. This one is, meh, at best.

    That is all for now. I'm sure I'll find more problems, as time goes by.

    Thanks for reading.

    James
    Sorry, Cortana is best. I have Siri and she sucks. I thought Swype was pretty good, but again, WP keyboard was best with prediction and emojis. DAMN, THE EMOJI feature is great on WP. You can type in something like happy and you'll see the emoji it in the suggestion. Agh, I hate my iPhone!
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    05-19-2015 03:21 PM
  23. james7679's Avatar
    Did you opt in to Google Now? You need to do that even after installing the Now launcher.
    Hmm, how/where might I do this?
    05-19-2015 03:22 PM
  24. james7679's Avatar
    Sorry, Cortana is best. I have Siri and she sucks. I thought Swype was pretty good, but again, WP keyboard was best with prediction and emojis. DAMN, THE EMOJI feature is great on WP. You can type in something like happy and you'll see the emoji it in the suggestion. Agh, I hate my iPhone!
    You're so right, oh... so... right.
    05-19-2015 03:24 PM
  25. tgp's Avatar
    Either swipe to the left for the Google Now screen, or tap on the Google Search bar at the top of your home screen. If you haven't opted it, it will prompt you to. If you swipe to the Google Now screen and it shows stuff there, then you are opted in. Sometimes, however, it's not showing anything current even if you have it turned on, depending on what you have set to show. If you have it set to show weather, it will virtually always be showing at least that.
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    05-19-2015 03:25 PM
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