I thought I was the only miserable old sod who refuses to talk to the phone but it seems I am in the majority. For all the hype around the vendors various "AI helpers" it seems most people are really not that interested.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
Cluelessly Naive Techie: So we're going to put a microphone in our device and have it always on and uploading anything we think is interesting to the cloud.
Old Curmudgeon: Who wrote that spec for you, the NSA?
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, weighing all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
Having a Samsung I learned they have an "experimental" application that replaces the normal voice control and it works much better as it makes everything locally without using Internet at all...
In my case I hold the home button for one second and simply say "call name_of_the_contact".
...it recognises my voice 99.9% of the time - even with my British accent. I do enunciate clearly and turn the radio down in the car as necessary but otherwise I am amazed at how well it does.
I have a Samsung Galaxy S8+ that comes with an assistant called "Bixby" but I use Google Assistant instead nearly all the time and it works great!
I only use Bixby when I want to control the phone's more obscure settings but for things like, "Decrease the screen brightness" or "Call [wife] at home", Google Assistant works great. The only failure is that once the phone is ringing I can't use voice commands such as "turn on speaker" - I have to press the little button for that - which takes away from the complete hands-free experience!
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
Example: yet another call from my idiot brother-in-law who must need to complain about his aches/pains/doctor's visits, brag about his kids/grandkids, or relive his glory days with stories that he obviously forgot he already told me.
Issue voice command: I don't have time for you're drivel as I'm busy working! Please go the away!
It works! The phone quits ringing and I avoid the conversation!
Of course, this is only a temporary fix. Not one to be put off, he usually leaves me a stupid message such as 'hey it's me...just calling to see what's up' that I have to then listen to and delete. If it's something really important (just washed the car and needs to let me know how great it looks) he's been known to call up to 4X in a single day until I finally answer.